We've covered citation tools and writing help. But what comes before all that? Research!
In the process of writing a paper or preparing a group project, research should always be the starting point. But unfortunately, research can sometimes be the most difficult step, too. But don't worry, I should also mention that research is also our speciality as librarians --- we even think it's fun!
That's why we've created research tools and guides to help you along the research process. Here's a few of them!
- Class guides: These guides are created for specific classes. So if you are looking for research help specific to a class assignment, this would be the place to go. Guides will vary, but should include contact information for librarians, links to K-State Libraries resources and databases, information about scholarly research and popular/scholarly sources, and more! Guides may not be available for every class, but it's definitely worth checking out to see if we have a personalized guide for your class!
- Subject guides: If you are conducting research that isn't tied to a specific class or you can't find a class guide for it, you may want to check out our subject guides. These guides are similar to class guides, but focus on an area of study instead of a class. For example, check out Anthropology, Biology, English, or History. Research tips and tricks may differ from subject to subject, so get familiar with the most effective strategies for your area of study.
- Ask-a-Librarian: Online guides are super helpful, but sometimes, nothing beats one-on-one assistance. If you've hit a research wall, use Ask-a-Librarian to contact a librarian directly. You can chat with us online, meet with us in person (at Library Help and by appointment), or simply call, text, or email us. Like I said, research is one of those things we love to do as librarians. But one thing we love even more than our own research is assisting you and other students with research and teaching you the best tips along the way.
And as you encounter research, writing, and citing over the next few weeks, remember that the end is in sight. Research takes time. Even for research-lovers it's a continual process of trial-and-error and discovery, and for those moments when error seems to be more common than discovery, K-State Libraries is here to help!