Q. How do I start my research?
You can start your research by doing the following 3 things:
- Make sure you know a little bit of background information about your topic (read an encyclopedia or Wikipedia article on it first, if you need to familiarize yourself)
- Identify the major things you need to know about your topic, and what questions you need information to answer
- Use your background knowledge and questions to search for sources of information from the UTEP Library
Generally, a good place to find both books and articles regardless of your topic is the UTEP Library's MinerQuest search tool. Consider watching this brief video tutorial on how to make the best use of it.
If you don't find results that are perfect right away, don't worry-- that's not unusual. Try experimenting with the words you're using to search-- use different combinations and synonyms if you can-- and remember that there are lots of right ways to get to the sources that are going to help you with your research.
MOST OF ALL: don't struggle by yourself for too long; if you're not getting the results you need or feel like you have more questions about getting started on researching your particular topic, ask a librarian about it. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 915-747-5643. It's their job to help you find the information you need, and they'll be happy to work with you.