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Big History Research Guide

Introduction: How to Use this Research Guide


This research guide is your introduction to the research process and offers you lessons to become acquainted with research skills and strategies that you will continue to develop throughout your academic career. Designed to support and supplement your Library Exercises in class, this guide contains valuable information about college level research that you can apply to any class. Please return here to review when you need to.


  1. Follow the tabs in order from 1.Start Here to 10.Quiz!
  2. Read through each section.
  3. Click on and follow any links.
  4. Watch the videos where ever you see a Watch prompt.
  5. Refer to the sections in your Hacker's Guide where you see a Read prompt.
  6. Download and use the Handouts for examples and further instruction.
  7. Complete the quiz at the end.

A Writer's Reference

When confused about citation whether it be APA, MLA, or CMS please use the Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab ( the Owl Purdue for short. 

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Feel free to explore the website which is kept current by the staff and faculty of Purdue University. 


Many thanks to University of Utah librarian, Darby Fanning who created the Writing 2010 library curriculum and developed an example for this guide.

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