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Research Guides

Undergraduate Research Toolkit

Get Started with Research

The first step in research is often the hardest: picking a good research topic or question. Start at the following locations to find topic ideas and background information:

  • CQ Researcher -- CQ Researcher is an online database that provides lengthy overviews of "hot topics" in the media and news. 
  • Wikipedia -- Wikipedia is a good jumping off point for your research. Find background information, then peruse the citations and links at the end of an article to go deeper into your research.
  • Reference Section at VCU Libraries -- Browse the reference section on the first floor of Cabell Library. We have many interesting books, encyclopedias, and bibliographies that could spark your interest.

Searching VCU Libraries

After you have chosen a topic, the next step is to begin research. Using the VCU Libraries Search, you can find books, articles, DVDs, and other resources to help with your research. Watch the video below on searching in the VCU Libraries Search.

How Do I...

Do you have a question about citing sources, evaluating sources, or printing at the library?. Look at the How Do I... guides to find answers to commonly asked questions. 

Research Guides

The librarians at VCU have created Research Guides which provide links to subject-specific databases, websites, and other resources and tools broken down by subject and even specific classes taught at VCU. See the Guides homepage to find a Guide that is right for your research.