As you think about your research...
- BE CRITICAL: Not all sources are created equal, whether in print or online. Ask questions like who wrote what you're reading, is it peer-reviewed, what sources are they citing, and so on. Two useful sites are Scholarly vs Popular Resources and Evaluating Information Found on the Internet.
- BE CREATIVE: Some searching will lead to dead ends, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's an end after all. Those gaps of research are often where interest lies. In other words, don't rehash other's research, but rather use theirs to bolster your own unique take.
- BE THOUGHTFUL: If you discover a citation that might be useful for a classmate's project, tell them about it.
- BE PROACTIVE: Your research may lead you to materials of interest which are not held in the Tri-College Libraries. Allow yourself time to request materials from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan Services.
- BE PATIENT: Research is a fluid process. As you research, your questions will evolve, and that is an excellent sign. If, however, you ever get stuck, ask for help! Your professor and music librarians are always happy to help you think through your process.