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The Research Process

This guide presents the Research Process that uses Resources at Wolfgram Memorial Library.


Follow this six step process for research in any discipline:

  1. Identify and Develop your Topic  - Use books, journal articles and websites from your discipline to find interesting and relevant concepts that you want to explore further. Talk to professors to discover current issues and new research in your field. Consider the multiple perspectives on your topic.
  2. Search the Online Catalog (WebPAC) to Find Books and an eBook database to find eBooks on your Topic  - Use WebPAC, the Widener University Library to find books on your topic that are available in the library as print or eBooks. ( If the title available as an eBook, a link will appear).
  3. Search Online Subscription Databases to Find Journal Articles on your Topic  - Select the A-Z Databases tile  to find databases relevant to your discipline. Or search for your topic in the Discovery Search Box on the Library's Homepage.
  4. Find Full Text Journal Articles  - Use the A-Z Databases tile and other resources to obtain the full text of journal articles.
  5. Find and Evaluate Internet Resources on your Topic - Use the internet to find useful, authoritative web resources on your topic.  Evaluate each site that you find to ensure that the information in reliable and valid.
  6. Cite Your Sources - Create accurate and complete citations for each resource used in a research paper by using the citation style required by your professor.

Use the navigation tabs to explore each step.  Each tab includes Wolfgram Library research tips and additional resources related to each step.

Contact Research & Instruction Librarians for Help

Research & Instruction Librarians have expertise in different disciplines. Contact the librarian for your discipline to ask questions or schedule a research appointment:

Jill Borin - History, Social Work, Continuing Studies, and Archives

Kristina Dorsett - Nursing and Physical/Occupational Therapy

Teresa Edge - Business

Roz Goldstein - Engineering

Kayla Van Osten - Social Sciences, Undergraduate/Graduate Psychology, Education, and Archives

Molly Wolf - Human Sexuality