Rome wasn't built in a day and that goes for your research paper! It is normal to revise your search terms as you conduct research. Here's why:
1. Brainstorm a research topic -- what is the main idea you want to write about in your research paper? Try different words and phrases to define your topic. Rank the keywords in your topic in order of importance.
2. Get overview and background information on your topic -- use general and subject-specific encyclopedias, broaden or narrow your topic, find key search terms to use.
3. Identify the types of resources you need (print/electronic books, journal/magazine articles, images, statistics).
4. Search for information. Start with the CUNY+ Library Catalog using the box to the left to find books, and the databases listed below to find articles.
5. Evaluate information and sources (accurate, timely, appropriate for academic research papers).
6. Cite your sources (MLA style).
What does the LibX Toolbar do?
The CCNY LibX Toolbar puts the tools you need at your fingertips -- right in your browser, whether you prefer Firefox or Google Chrome. Search the catalog, find items on course reserve, ask a librarian for help, request an item through interlibrary loan -- these are just some of the things you can do without having to remember urls or adding lots of bookmarks.
Get the CCNY LibX Toolbar for Firefox or Google Chrome
Once you install the toolbar, a small icon will appear in the upper right corner of your browser. Click it for the full toolbar: