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Midd Libraries Quick Guide

Find, evaluate, and use information available at the library.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Start your research with these resources.

Research Guides

If you would like to take a subject-specific approach to your research then browse our Research Guides for a customized introduction to library resources.

Top Tips for Starting Your Research

Steps in the Research Process

Talk with a librarian about your research anytime: go/askus/

When you begin working on a research project, it can be helpful to consider all of the steps in the research process. Record your ideas and keep track of your progress; this ensures that you’ll always know what to do next. Here is one version of the research process. Try it out and see how it works for you!

  1. Select a topic
    • Librarians can help you refine, narrow or broaden a research topic.
  2. Draft a research question
    • ​​Librarians can help you turn your topic into a question (and we can explain why it's helpful to do this).
  3. Brainstorm keywords
    • Librarians can help you think of keywords to jump-start your search.
  4. Search, and revise your search
  5. Find 3-5 useful sources
  6. Preview your sources to see how well they answer your question
    • ​​Do you have enough for now, or do you need more?
  7. Revisit your research question
    • ​​Should it be more specific, more broad, or should it focus on a different aspect of the topic?
  8. Brainstorm keywords
  9. Search, and revise your search
  10. Find 3-5 useful sources
  11. Repeat steps 6-10 until you're ready to start writing!

Talk with a librarian about YOUR research process! Find us at the Research Desk or online at

Evaluating Resources

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources Handouts

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