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Getting Started

Creating a VPN Connection

To avoid logging in each time you switch databases or E-Journals, activate an IUPUI VPN connection.  You can establish a VPN regardless of how you are accessing the internet (Dial-Up Modem / DSL / Cable Modem). 

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Determine Your Information Needs

Perhaps the hardest part of research is deciding what you need to find.  The questions below will help you start thinking about the kinds of information you need and where to look for it. 
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Choose a Topic that Works

Find Library Resources

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Evaluate Your Sources

Consider these criteria (with guiding questions below) when evaluating your sources:

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Find Internet Resources

Much of what you need for your research is not freely available on the World Wide Web. That's why the library pays to subscribe to hundreds of article databases and online journals.
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Determine your information needs

Introductory information: Perhaps the hardest part of research is deciding what you need to find.  The steps below will... 

Review your assignment

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Choose a topic that works



  • Brainstorm potential topics
  • Think about what you’re interested in. 

  • Ask faculty and fellow students for suggestions, and check encyclopedias and textbooks for ideas as well. 

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  • Getting Started

    Finding Books

    You'll find most of your books by searching IUCAT, the library's online catalog, but it can also be helpful to browse the shelves. Books are shelved in the Stacks by their Library of Congress call number (Example: PS490 .G36 2004).

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