About this course guide

This guide will walk you through the steps of searching for sources and conducting research in the University Libraries. The tabs on the left side menu will guide you through the process, step-by-step: from deciding on a topic to gathering sources, to creating citations, you can use the resources and links here to find and use relevant University Libraries materials.

The University Libraries also offers many helpful tools for organizing your research and writing:

  • Assignment Calculator: Enter in the due date for your research project (paper, speech, lab report) and get a suggested time-line for completing your project on time plus links to the resources on campus that will help you succeed in each step.
  • Citation Management with Zotero: This free, web-based bibliographic citation software was developed for Firefox browsers and is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. For help getting started, check out Zotero's brief tutorial videos.

​Need a little more help getting started? Visit the University Libraries' tutorial page for more helpful tools or sign up for a free workshop to learn about new resources or develop some new skills!

Questions? Need help? If you’d like any feedback about the sources you find, or suggestions of tools or strategies you can use to find additional sources, contact Jessica Abbazio, Music Librarian, at jabbazio@umn.edu!

Tips for identifying a topic and starting a research project

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2021 2:33 PM