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Introduction to Research: Welcome

This guide is a tutorial to help students learn the basics of library research


IUL 101




In this guide, we will discuss how to brainstorm and develop a topic, identify keywords, narrow or broaden a research topic, develop a search strategy, identify the various formats of information and scholarly writings for your research, and identify the criteria for evaluating information. You will also find a brief introduction to citation styles.  Click on any of the tabs above to begin.

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Your research librarian has put together  several guidefor your assignment needs. These guides will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Connection From Off Campus


Connecting to NSU Off Campus

  • Library Home Page:This is the gateway to Library resources.
  • Connect from Off Campus: Sign in to explore the Library website and databases from off campus.
  • Connection problems: Get help logging into Library website and databases, along with other library equipment.
  • Wireless Access: Get help configuring your devices for wireless access.
  • Blackboard Support Log into Blackboard, get support and watch Blackboard Tutorials.
  • Client Services: Contact the OIT Client Services for problems with account access, IT-related issues and other issues concerning NSU computers.

Why Use The Library Resources


The Library collects all different types of materials that can be useful to all of your projects, whether it's writing a paper or creating visual works.  Whenever you're working on a project and you have a question and need to look for information, you're doing research. We're The experts in research of all types!

We curate our materials - we're always looking for materials that have reliable and accurate information.  We also work hard to find materials that help you to create works without the need to do extensive copyright research to see if you can use that image, sound effect, song or music track in your project.

We also provide personal service! Beat that, Google! You can stop by any time the Library is open or you can email our staff to ask for information.  It doesn't matter if your question is short and quick or long and involved - we love helping connect you with the materials that will help you create an amazing project!

When you search in Google, you're getting a lot of results - some may be useful and some may be horribly wrong, but you might not know it.  The kind of information you find in our library is not the same as the information that you will find on the Internet. When you use any of the Library resources, you save yourself time because our resources are targeted to the curriculum you're studying.  You don't have to wade through lots of dubious pages that might be slickly designed, but don't have exactly what you're looking for or give you the wrong information.

Come try the Library! You'll find an amazing world that will give you an advantage against the competition!

Get Research Delivered


Get Research Delivered

Do you want a Research Assistant to find articles and book reviews for you?  Your wish is granted!!!

The majority of our electronic databases that the library subscribes to offer personalized features that can save searches, run searches for you and send the results to an email address or RSS feed reader daily, weekly or monthly.  You may also give a persistent link to that search.

Steps (using Academic Search Complete database)

  1. Create an account (free of charge) (click on sign in)

  2. Sign in and start searching

  3. When you retrieve the desired results, click Share (under share, you will have options: alerts, save or share)