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Primary Sources and Original Research

Helpful tips on locating and evaluating primary sources and original research

Welcome

This guide is designed to help you work through all phases of your research assignment, from finding information sources to preparing your works-cited or reference list. Just choose the appropriate tab at the side to get started.

If you need help with your assignment at any time, please use the chat box or library contact information to speak with a librarian.

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    •    478-934-3179 for the Roberts Memorial Library at the Cochran campus
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    •    478-374-6833 for the Eastman campus library
    •    478-929-6804 for the Warner Robins campus library 
 
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Research Process Overview

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Selecting a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
Find Books |  Find Articles | Find Websites | Find Videos |Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary vs. Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information 
Paraphrasing | Notetaking | Tools

Step 5. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism | MLA Citation Style | Works Cited ExamplesCopyright

Interactive Tools

Do I Need the GALILEO Password?

When you access GALILEO or individual databases through links from the Library's web pages, you will generally use your MGA email address and password:

  • firstname.lastname@mga.edu
  • Email password

In most cases, you will NOT need the GALILEO password. However, if you do have trouble with a specific GALILEO resource, use one of the following paths to login:

Desire2Learn:

  1. Log in to D2L as usual.
  2. The GALILEO link is displayed on the opening page under "Academic Resources".

MGA Library Homepage

  1.  Go to the main MGA library homepage
  2. Select "Find Articles- GALILEO"
  3. Follow login prompts.