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Waidner-Spahr Library

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Research Process: Home

Use this guide to as a basic guide to research. Information is included on how to use keywords and phrases, evaluate a source. This guide can also help you identify primary and secondary sources and expand or narrow your searches.

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This guide will help you get started with research.  You will find information on how to use keywords and phrases, evaluate sources, identify primary and secondary sources, and expand or narrow your searches.

In this guide you will find information on:

  • Source selection
  • Primary sources
  • Secondary sources
  • Keywords
  • Subject headings
  • Search Strategies
  • Journals

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