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Introduction to Library Research (Greater Allegheny)

A useful starting point for doing library research, including tips and links to lots of useful resources.


This guide will help you to find and use the sources you need to succeed in your first- and second-year research assignments. For help with doing research on a particular topic or in your major, check out our Subject Guides.

Included in this guide are resources for:

  • selecting a topic that is timely and interesting to you
  • finding the sources you need to answer your research question and inform your audience
  • citing your sources and avoiding plagiarism

Please do not hesitate to contact your campus librarian for more help. You can also click on the blue Ask a Librarian tab on the right side of the guide (and every other University Libraries webpage) to chat with a Penn State librarian or email a question.

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