Skip to main content

Library Home
The building is closed. The situation is fluid and we will let you know when we can. Watch this space.

Please Note that you can CHAT LIVE with a Librarian: MON-THUR 8am-10pm | FRI 8am-5pm | SAT 1-5pm | SUN 12-10pm

 

ENG105 - Library Tutorial

What is Research?


So you have an assignment which requires you to do research.  Your first inclination may be to sit down with your laptop and do a few quick searches on the web to start gathering information.  In reality, what you need to do is think about your topic and how you can produce the best possible project.

First, let's get a few facts straight and learn what research is NOT:

  1. Research is not a book report.  Simply summarizing information and reporting it in a paper or presentation isn't going to be very useful or interesting.
  2. Research is not general, that is, it looks at specific issues and possible solutions instead of superficial summaries of information.
  3. Research is not linear.  Rarely do you start at point A and go directly to Point B.
  4. Research is not boring!  You may be assigned a topic that you haven't chosen, but using the points above, conducting research in a focused manner leads to interesting discoveries.

Now that you know what not to do, let's hone in on what is going to make your life easier, happier, and more productive while undertaking research projects and papers.  We'll begin with how to focus a topic.  


         -

     
MONDAY-THURSDAY:   7:45 AM - 12 AM
FRIDAY:   7:45 AM - 7:00 PM
SATURDAY:    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY:   12 NOON - 12 AM
Click to open/download a PDF of Full Library Calendar in a new windowLibrary Semester & Holiday Calendar
        Listen to our playlists on Spotify  

Jennie King Mellon Library | 0 Woodland Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15232 | 412-365-1670 | Maps & Directions | Site map
 

Chatham Home