Research Worksheets and Handouts

Getting Started
Having trouble getting your research rolling? These handouts and worksheets can get you past that initial hurdle.

Topic Identification worksheet (pdf)
This graphic organizer will help you understand your assignment, identify and focus your topic, create a search strategy and find sources in 6 easy steps!
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Developing Your Research Question (pdf)
An infographic of journalistic questions that can help you brainstorm potential research questions.

Finding Evidence worksheet (pdf)
Before you start your research, consider what evidence you’ll need to support your claims and think about how to find it.

Need help finding your sources? These handouts can help you find books, articles, videos and more.

Subject vs. Keyword Searching (pdf)
Learn how to use keyword searching and subject searching together to find what you're looking for in the Library catalog and article databases.

Boolean Logic, Truncation, and Nesting (pdf)
An introduction to advanced search techniques you can use to help you find information efficiently and effectively.

Advanced Research Search Strategies and Techniques (pdf)
A quick reference for the types of advanced searching techniques you can use in databases, the Library catalog and in search engines.

Evaluating Sources
Not sure if you found a quality source? Take a look at these handouts for tips and more help.

Tips for Evaluating Information (pdf)
Whether a resource is print or electronic, text-based or image-based, researchers must carefully evaluate the quality of the source and the information found within. When evaluating the quality of resources, here are some things to consider.

CRAAP Test (pdf)
Do your sources pass the CRAAP Test? Use this guide to help you consider whether a source is appropriate for your research needs.

Source Evaluation Worksheet (pdf)
Use this form to help you determine if a source is appropriate for your research.
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General Research
How to Read a Research Study Article (pdf)
This worksheet walks you through the five steps that will help you skim, re-read, interpret and summarize research articles.

Research Article Anatomy(pdf)
Reading research gets easier once you understand and recognize the pieces and purposes of research studies, from abstract to references.

Reading (and Understanding) Research (pdf)
Adapted from How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Guide for Non-Scientists by J. Raff.

Introduction to College Research (pdf)
Helpful resources for every stage of the research process.