Library research is an integral component of research projects in most academic settings. Researchers are charged with the responsibility to carefully examine relevant information in order to determine usefulness, reliability, and authority in regard to the research projects in which they are involved. Students should begin this process at the start of a semester, or as early in the semester as possible when there exists an expectation for research projects to be completed regardless of whether the project is for a college course, academic conference, or publication. As the research project works from generalized conceptual ideas to more specific academic conclusions, the researcher should be constantly tracking a wide variety of information sources while documenting when and where material has been found.
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