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Research Basics

Learn how to identify books, articles, and other sources to complete your research assignments successfully.

Use only the modules you need, and check your knowledge is each as you go.

Work your way through all of the modules and take the Test Your Knowledge assessment
at the end to earn a completion certificate for the whole tutorial.


Choose a Topic

Learn how to choose a topic, develop your focus, find background information, and select your search keywords.

Articles and Databases

Find Articles

Learn how to search the NCC Library Databases for newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.

Information Source Types

Choose Sources

Learn about different types of sources (such as scholarly and popular) and how to decide which are the best to use for your assignment. 

Other Sources

Find Other Information

Learn about websites, social media and blogs, videos, government documents, and statistics and how best to use them for research.


Find Books

Learn how to use NCC resources to find books in our online catalog.


Citing Sources and Plagiarism

Citation Matters

Learn about citing the sources you find, citation styles, citation generators, and resources available to help you with citations.

How do I?

Get Help

Learn where to get help with your research assignment.