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To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.

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Tuesday October 10

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Starting Your Research


Explore your topic in a library database like Opposing Viewpoints. Use their Browse Issues tool if you need help choosing a research topic. Each topic has a summary, which is a good place to learn more about the topic and find keywords.

Doing some pre-research is important because:

  • You'll find out if enough information exists about your topic for you to do thorough research
  • It will help you refine your topic or lead you to a new aspect of it to explore

The Research Process



The Research Process

  1. Identify your information need
  2. Pre-research
  3. Create a research statement or question
  4. Develop a search strategy. Where will you look for information? This will depend on your information need.
  5. Locate information
  6. Evaluate sources
  7. Revise search, find more sources, and evaluate
  8. Answer question and cite sources



Keywords are the words you use to find information on your topic. When you search databases, use specific keywords instead of questions.

   "food insecurity" AND "college students"

   how does food insecurity impact college students?

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Research Tip: If you're researching the topic videogame violence as discussed in the video, a site like this one from Statista would be great to supplement your research.

ENG 152 Information Literacy Objectives

Information Literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals. Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and use information effectively. In this session, you will learn how to:

  1. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources.
  2. Construct effective database searches.

These skills will help you find quality, appropriate resources for your research assignments.