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A clear and concise checklist of ordered steps you can take to write a research paper.



Great in-depth tips for researching and using the information in your paper. It also has very helpful ideas for keeping all your information organized. Click on the highlighted main point of each step to get a more detailed description of that term or strategy


Good General Sites

Note: when using the following sites as references, be VERY careful not to plagiarize any information. Plagiarism is a serious offense and can result in expulsion from SF State.



This links you to Academic Search Premier, a good general database.



Free access to online dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and many other reference materials. Extensive information on literature and great for looking up quotations.



Very helpful information on how to use references appropriately. Definition of plagiarism and other common terms in research, guidelines for proper citations, tips on how to avoid plagiarizing, and answers to frequently asked questions.



Information on how to choose good sources for research. Questions to ask to evaluate the credibility of sources and why credible sources are important for writing a good research paper.



This site has information about finding sources and also documenting sources for Humanities, Social Sciences, History and Sciences.


Web Research



Delicious is a free social bookmarking web service for saving and sharing bookmarks from any computer. Use the site to see the most recent and popular bookmarks, search for topics, or subscribe to others’ bookmarks.



NoodleBib offers assistance with research and putting together and storing your bibliographies. NoodleBib Express (http://noodletools.com/login.php) is a free web tool that quickly helps you compose APA- or MLA-style citations.



Zotero is a Firefox web browser extension that allows you to create an archive of your research sources. Store and manage PDFs, images, and web pages, and automatically capture citations.


Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for information across scholarly literature about the topic you have chosen. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research and you can follow up citations at the SF State library.



Google’s search engine for books provides data on books that contain your search criteria. View previews and, in some cases, full-text books. Books in public domain are downloadable in PDF format. Information for borrowing or buying books not available on line is also provided.


San Francisco State’s Library



This video describes how the library renovation will affect the delivery of library services.



Use this site to set-up a pin for using the library online services. You can renew books, access databases and request materials from other libraries.



This video describes how to request books online.



This site allows you request books from other libraries.



This site will help you find a database with information about your research topic.



Access to the InvestiGator catalog for locating library materials and databases to find journal and newspaper articles. Also includes research advice, information on library services, and the OASIS tutorial for fulfilling the SF State library requirement.


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