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Use this guide as an introduction to methods and tools for historical research and writing.
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Welcome to OU Lancaster Library's guide to historical research. 

Explore a variety of scholarly resources and learn search strategies and techniques..

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Research Steps

The Research Steps

  1. Choose a topic. 
    • Narrow or broaden the topic as needed.
  2. Identify the keywords for your research question.
    • Before you begin searching, you'll need to locate the most important words to use.
  3. Find information.
    • Use the online catalogs and article databases.
  4. Evaluate your search results.
    • Evaluation includes criteria such as authority, accuracy, and lack of bias.
  5. Avoid plagiarism.
    • Keep track of what information came from what source.
    • Observe academic ethical standards.
  6. Cite accurately.
 

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