If you’ve ever assembled a piece of furniture, you have probably learned that here are two ways of doing it:
- You ignore the directions and do it yourself, just using your ‘common sense’. This approach usually means that you are going to have to take things apart and put them back together several times, until you figure out the best sequence.
- You read the directions and get everything done in the best order, with the right pieces, on the first attempt.
Doing research is like building furniture. Sure, some of it is common sense. Here at the library, we’re interested not only in getting things done, but in being efficient, too. If you want a quick overview of the best approach to doing research, with the steps all neatly explained for you, check out our Smart Student Library Research Guide.
This guide walks you through some basic steps. The guide is particularly designed for students who are new to library research here at Salve Regina University, but it’s a helpful overview for all students.
One of my favorite features? There’s an “assignment calculator” on the first page. You enter what day you’ll start working on your assignment, and what day it is due, and the guide will give you an estimate of when you should meet certain goals on your way to finishing your assignment.
As always, if you need any help, be sure to contact us.