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Welcome to Spring Semester! Just as flowers will very soon bloom, research papers and presentations will soon come due. Here are tips to make the experience of learning a topic as lovely as a fresh blossom.

While researching a topic, foundational information on that subject could be key in jumpstarting your research. That might include getting a feel for methodologies and learning about notable related events, milestones, or individuals. You may also run into concepts or terminology you need defined while reading scholarly journals and books.

The solution? Find substantial subject overviews, accurate definitions, and analysis of noteworthy events using print and online encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference materials. Use the Reference Sources Guide for search tips and ideas. Sample titles and collections are highlighted below.

What about Wikipedia? Use it! It’s a terrific place to get your bearings on a topic and for ideas on additional places to find information. However, since Wikipedia articles are routinely flagged for bias or omissions, confirm what you learn in an alternate resource.

The Monthly Featured Resources of December Contributors: Ellen Metter and Indiana Mezta.

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  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    Stop by the Ask Us Desk for help. The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library.

  • Research Tutoring
    Research tutoring is for quick questions, tips, and strategies on finding and evaluating information resources.  Research Tutoring is located in the Knowledge Market on the first floor and is available Monday–Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment.  Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use Research Tutoring.  


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For research help, call 303-315-7711, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours (Monday – Friday).

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    Let's get started with using the library tools!

    Take a quick tour to learn about the research tools on this page.