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Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts

This guide highlights the Cornerstone program, e-library, and Reading Room.

Introduction to Research

Each of the videos listed below is part of the Foundations of the Research Process video series, Module 1 - Introduction to Research. 


Selecting a Topic

This brief video explores ways in which you can select a researchable topic for a course project or paper, as well as things to consider when writing a research question that will direct your research.


Searching for Materials in the Purdue Libraries' Catalog

This brief video shares strategies for searching the Purdue Libraries’ main catalog for books, articles, and more for a research project. Specifically, this video explores the simple searching, advanced searching, and faceted searching, as well as strategies that can be employed within other subject databases available through the Purdue Libraries.


Accessing Materials from the Purdue Libraries' Catalog

This brief video explores how to get ahold of the full-text version of books, articles, and more from the Purdue Libraries. It also demonstrates the catalog’s automatic citation tool--a convenient way to save citations for relevant sources as you gather them.


Selecting a Database for your Research Topic

This brief video explores strategies for picking a subject specific database relevant to a research topic. The video explores the Libraries’ database filter feature and how to use Libraries’ research guides for suggestions of helpful databases within a discipline.