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Beginning Your Research @ Your Library

How can you get started finding information for your research paper or project? Use this guide to find out!

The Research Process

This guide is designed to detail how you can follow the steps of the research process while making effective use of the Egan Library's resources and services.  Generally, the research process includes picking a topic, finding background and other research materials, and then evaluating and citing your sources. 

But the process isn't always this linear!  For example, it's helpful to evaluate your resources as you find them, which may determine the amount of additional resources that you need to find.  In turn, the information that you find in those resources may inspire you to revise your topic.

These steps are a good outline, though, of how to go about conducting research for your paper or project:

Need Help?

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Do you need help with your research?
If so - ask a librarian - we are here to help!

In Juneau & Sitka contact the Egan Library for research help by:

In Ketchikan contact the Ketchikan Campus Library by:

Attention E-Learners - These Resources are for You!

smiling person sitting cross legged with their hands in the air and a laptop on their lapOn-campus student? E-Learner student? – UAS libraries provides many online resources for the convenience of all students.  As you use this guide, you'll notice that it includes information about searching and finding both print and online resources.  All students have access to our electronic resources.  You will need your UA username and password to access our e-resources, like eBooks and the full text of articles online.  If you need to retrieve or reset your UA username and password, visit ELMO.

If you are an e-Learner with classes based in Juneau or Sitka, Egan Library is your library.   If you're based in Ketchikan,. then the Ketchikan Campus Library is your library.  Both libraries are here to support your success!  See the webpages below for information on how to get books, articles, research help, and more for e-Learners:


Take a Class for Credit, and Improve Your Research Skills!

If you want to learn more about conducting research and finding information quickly and efficiently, take a one-credit course from a librarian.  Library Resources and  Information Literacy (LS110) and Library Information Literacy for E-Learners (LS111) are offered every Fall and Spring Semester, and sometimes in the Summer.  Check the current course schedule to find out when.

A student from LS 111 says:

  • “I learned so much.  I especially appreciate knowing how to continue using the techniques for lifelong learning.  This class has made my information quests easier, more accurate and more satisfying.  I suspect I will be able to enrich all aspects of my life because of what I learned in this class.”

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