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Architecture: Start Your Research

Beginning Your Research

Before one actually researches, ideally there is a good deal of preliminary work completed.

This page focuses on:

  • The Research Process
  • Using Reference Resources to improve your research
  • Library 101 for undergraduates
  • Graduate 101 for Graduate Students
  • How to use the One Search tool to begin the research process

The Research Process

Sage Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods supports beginning and advanced researchers at each step of a project, from developing a research question, choosing a method, gathering and analyzing data, to writing and publishing the findings. The content encompasses the full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioral sciences as well as many methods of the hard sciences. Access includes cases, videos, datasets, and books.

Graduate 101

Click the button below to learn advanced library skills.

Graduate 101: Advanced Research Skills

Library 101

Click the button below to complete a tutorial on the basics of navigating ECU Libraries for research.

Library 101: Basic Research Skills

Using Credo Reference to Start your Research

Credo Reference includes many online reference books, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other great sources for finding background information on your research topics.  To use Credo Reference to develop your topic, you may want to try:

  • Read short encyclopedia entries on topics related to your field of study (search: language, linguistics, indigenous peoples, etc.)
  • Search in the mind maps for keywords and related terms that might help you
  • Look at the Topic Pages for more information 

Here is a video that shows you how to use the Credo Mindmap, as well as a link to a mindmap about the author Pablo Neruda.


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Introduction to One Search