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Helpful Tips for Getting Started

Getting Started: 

It can be overwhelming to use new library resources for a project. Remember that at every point of your project, you can ask for help. The DePauw librarians, the Peer Research Consultants, and your teacher are here to help you! 

Here is a list of steps that you can use to complete your assignment: 

  1. Do a quick google search to see what types of plants pop up. Just scan the results until you find a plant that is interesting to you! There is no need to worry about if the source is scholarly or not, that will come later. 
  2. Once you determine the plant you want to use, start by using the library databases to find sources for your assignment.
    • Start by limiting your sources to the last ten years for the most up-to-date information. 
  3. Take notes during your search in order to see what works best for you. 
  4. If there is not enough information about your plant on the library databases, search Google Scholar for more sources. 
    • As you find sources in Google Scholar, you can clicked the cited by tab underneath the article description to find more related sources
  5. Evaluate the sources that you find to determine if they are the correct type of source. The Youtube video to the left should help with this. 
  6. Read your sources carefully and take notes. 
  7. Use your sources and your class materials to complete the assignment. 
  8. If you need help with citations at the end of your paper, click here

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