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Improving Your Research Skills

This guide will help you improve your research skills through searching library databases, searching Google, and evaluating sources.


Improving your research skills takes time and practice. Whether you are searching a library database or exploring Google, it is important to make a plan for your research and understand what kinds of sources you will find. This guide will show you how to search in library databases, search Google using advanced search tools, and evaluate your sources.

Where to Get Help With Your Research