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What is ProQuest Research Companion?


ProQuest Research Companion is a intuitive and self-guided product that supports information literacy, writing, and research skills instruction occurring in today's libraries, classrooms, and online learning environments.

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Learning Modules with Video Titles for ProQuest Research Companion


Find Information

Where do I start?

  • Feeling Overwhelmed?
  • Ten Basic Terms
  • Scholarly Arguments
  • Pep Talk

How do I choose a topic?

  • Finding a Topic You're Curious About
  • The Trouble with Strong Opinions
  • Asking Questions
  • Finding a Gap in the Research
  • Narrowing Your Topic
  • Marijuana Legalization Example
  • No Easy Topics

Where do I find information?

  • Finding Information
  • Places You Can Go
  • The Open Web
  • The Physical Library
  • The Digital Library
  • Beyond the Internet and Library
  • Searching the Open Web
  • Searching Your Library Resources


Evaluate Information

How do I evaluate sources?

  • Evaluation
  • Identifying Source Types
  • Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Peer Review
  • Scholarly Journals
  • Scholarly Books
  • Non-scholarly Periodicals
  • Non-scholarly Books
  • Websites
  • Publications from Governments, International Organizations, and NGOs
  • Social Media

What counts as evidence?

  • What information will prove your claim?
  • Confusing "Evidence of" with "Consistent with"
  • Confusing Feelings of Certainty with Evidence
  • Confusing Anecdotes with Evidence
  • Finding Evidence
  • Expert Testimony as Evidence
  • Statistics as Evidence
  • Scientific Studies as Evidence
  • Matching Data to Claims


Use Information

How do I write a thesis statement?

  • Thesis Statements as Debatable Claims
  • Provable
  • Difficult to Refute
  • Addresses Competing Claims
  • Educates Readers
  • The Mechanics of Writing a Good Thesis Statement
  • Relevance Test

How do I organize my argument?

  • Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay
  • Two Audiences
  • Introduction
  • Context
  • Definitions
  • Subclaims and Evidence
  • Refutation of Counterarguments
  • Conclusion

How do I avoid plagiarism and find my own voice?

  • Balancing Act
  • Plagiarism
  • Two Kinds of Ciations
  • Things to Cite
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Introducing Sources
  • Summarizing 
  • Paraphrasing
  • Quoting
  • Rules for Citing

What do I look for when I revise?

  • Why revise?
  • The Hard Work of Global Revision
  • Basic Ideas 
  • Organization
  • Cutting
  • The Benefits of Local Revision
  • Paragraphs
  • Sentences
  • Words and Phrases
  • Formatting
  • When are you done?

How can I do better next time?

  • A Time for Reflection
  • Reflecting on Your End Product
  • Reflecting on Your Process
  • Making Your Argument Your Own


ProQuest Research Companion Overview


ProQuest Research Companion LibGuide


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