The research process can be time consuming and challenging. College research assignments will ask you to pose a research question, create an argument, interpret research you read, synthesize the research to support your argument with well reasoned, valid evidence that properly cites its original source. The research process is one that takes time and it must also be conducted with academic integrity. Know that at Columbia you have many resources at your fingertips to consult with and plan out your writing and revision process when conducting research.
Columbia University Libraries offers many ways to support your research, from consultations with subject-specialist librarians, course-related instruction and workshops, and citation management software and expertise to research guides, online tutorials, and the vast collections and resources we provide for your use.
Columbia University Libraries provides research guides and course guides as resources for subject area research.
Request an appointment with a librarian to review library, archival, print and electronic resources, including primary sources.
Columbia University Libraries provides guidance on how to determine if a source is credible.
As a student, your university program may have provided you with some guidance on the reproduction and distribution of existing materials. Copyright law plays a big part in how you can use, distribute and re-use materials your scholarly work. Visit Copyright Advisory Service’s website for more information.