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The Research Paper Process

This guide will help you throughout the process of writing a research paper, from brainstorming ideas to the finished paper.


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Step 5. Find Sources

Use EagleSearch to start finding sources.  This will give you a broad range of material, from articles to books to videos.

See if your topic has a research guide to find suggestions for databases and websites.
Research Guides can be found on the home page of the Hunt Library in the box to the right of EagleSearch under Research Help.

Search Tips:

  • AND is used in most databases to ensure that each term is present somewhere in the search results: Youth AND interaction
  • The asterisk (*) is a symbol which allows for variant word endings: teen*B=teen, teens, teenager, etc. 
  • Quotes are used to indicate that the words enclosed must be searched as a phrase: "World Wide Web
  • OR is used between terms to indicate that either term is acceptable: teen OR adolescent 

​In EagleSearch narrow results with limiters.

  • Limit to Peer Review is the first section
  • Limit Content Type is the second section
  • Publication Date is the third section
  • Limiters include:​

    Eagle search limiters are located on the left of the results page in a column entitled Limit Your Results

    • Currency of the material
    • The type of material
    • Peer-Reviewed (Scholarly)