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Getting Started with Research

1. Find a Topic

Need help finding a topic for your paper or project? Try one of these suggested sources.

2. Do Background Research

Once you've identified your topic, it is helpful to gather background information. Background information helps you get an overview of your topic and determine questions or perspectives about it.

3. Find Library Resources

In addition to background information, you may also want more detailed sources about your topic such as articles, book chapters, and books.

You can find scholarly, magazine and news articles by using one of the Library's databases such as Academic Search Premier.

 To view a  brief video on using Academic Search Premier, click the icon below:

 You can find books and other materials that are in the NMSU Library by visiting the Library Catalog.

To view a brief video on using the Library Catalog, click the icon below: