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A Social Sciences Guide to Research

Research Help

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Ask a Librarian is a virtual reference service that connects students, faculty and researchers from participating libraries with real-time research assistance through chat.

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Looking for more customized support? Spend some one-on-one time with a library expert who can help you with your specific research challenge.

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The Library has tools and training to support you every step of the way through the information research process. Whether you're just starting out and need a plan or finished with your research and want to publish it for the world to see. 

Core Research Concepts

This video explains why we should critically analyzes sources of authority in our research and daily lives. (3:09)

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This video looks at the information cycle and how it impacts the availability of resources on a topic. (2:58)

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This video evaluates the commodification of information in a community of scholarship. (2:55)

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This video considers scholarly research as an iterative process. (2:30)

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This video looks at the many ways university students are active participants in academic discourse. (2:38)

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This video explores how to strategically approach the research process. (3:17)

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