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Research Success Toolkit: You've Got Research Sources: Now What?

This guide is designed to help you better understand the research process and how to find, evaluate and use information for your course assignments.

Synthesizing information

Watch this YouTube video to learn more about how you synthesize information.

Tips for Reading Critically

When reading or working on an assignment, you should conduct your research with a critical eye. As you read or view your research sources, consider not only the content provided by the writer(s) but its purpose and how it is written. Consider the who is the audience for which it was written and evaluate the supporting information provided by the author. Does the author use unbiased or emotionally-charged language? Learn to distinguish between fact and interpretation. Draw your own conclusions!


Common Charateristic Traits of Critical Readers

Critical readers tend to have the following traits:

  • Exhibit self-honesty
  • Recognize bias and avoid being easily manipulated
  • Ask questions
  • Draw evidence-based conclusions
  • Find connections between thoughts and subjects
  • Develop intellectual independence

Using Outlines

One tool many researchers use to organize their work is outlining. Outlines arrange the content of a research project in a hierarchical order and are often written or jotted down before writers begin actually writing. This tool can also help with brainstorming and writer's block. Below are some resources to help you use this tool to get your research project on track.


MCTC Books Available

The library has many books on the shelf and online to help you complete your research assignments. Here are just a few titles!