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Basic Academic Research: Links and Videos

This LibGuide covers skills, strategies, and materials employed in basic academic research: the sorts of assignments often given to lower division (freshman and sophomore) students in the first two years of college.

Page Overview

This page contains links to videos and internet sources relevant to doing research.


From the Jean Burr Smith Library of Middlesex Community College: a brief overview of the research process that addresses the major stages, focusing on developing the research question and selection of keywords,  Links to related MCC videos are provided. 

From the University of Rhode Island Libraries:  The twelve-video InfoRhode Tutorial series ( presents a coherent, detailed treatment of the major stages of the research process.  The portions of the videos that are URI library-specific (THEIR catalog, THEIR databases) are not relevant to Houston Cole Library and JSU, but the more generally-applicable information (how to search the catalog, how to search a database) certainly is.  This is a valuable tutorial series for lower-division college students.

Useful Links

Citing Sources -- MLA, 8th ed.

The Purdue OWL:  The OWL is the Online Writing Laboratory maintained by Purdue University.  It is a comprehensive, encyclopedic online reference source for nearly all aspects of research and writing, from topic selection to citation styles and source evaluation.  Every serious researcher should bookmark the OWL. 

For information regarding writing research papers, go to this link

and use the topics in the left pane for more detailed information.  Or, you can type the words research or writing  into the "Search the OWL" box (  Once you have landed on any OWL screen, it is good to scan the left pane for other pages which you may find useful.  

Useful options besides the Purdue OWL are 

To locate information on the internet on research or writing, in the search box type either research or writing.

To locate additional LibGuides on research or writing on the internet, in the search box type either research or writing and LibGuide.