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Getting Started: Overview

Topic selection to information search

Come to the Library

The library is a friendly place. Please come by when you are getting ready to start a new research project. The reference library staff will show you how to explore our online reference collection to get an overview of your topic and see which part of it excites you enough to spend the time to investigate it further. We can show you how to find paper and electronic books on your topic and use the databases to search our online journal collection.  Reading and exploring the literature about a topic can be the best way to narrow your research question.

Visit the Writing Center

"A great place to get help developing your writing skills is the University Writing Center. The Writing Center is an academic resource available to all members of the SUA community and to writers of all levels. Its primary mission is to develop communicative skills, engage students in dialogical thinking, and provide writing instruction in alignment with American academic standards. Writing Specialists, who hold professional degrees and are experienced instructors, assist students to become self-reliant and critical learners, thinkers, readers, listeners, and writers. Writing Specialists work with students in 20-minute one-on-one tutorials and also in group workshops tailored for specific purposes. To schedule an appointment with a Writing Specialist or to sign up for a workshop, please visit the Online Scheduler or simply visit the Writing Center.

Please note Writing Center policies: Writing Specialists DO NOT

  1. write student papers
  2. provide editing services
  3. accept papers students drop off or email to be “corrected"
  4. appropriate students’ papers
  5. discuss or assign grades
  6. assist with take-home exams without instructor approval.

For more information about the University Writing Center, call 949-480-4060."

Text from SUA website. Photo by jvleis.