College writing and research projects can cause a lot of stress, especially if you’re unsure about your professors’ expectations or about how to turn your own idea into a well-researched outcome. Here’s the help you need.

Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignment. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for information, and avoiding plagiarism. Each chapter includes self-quizzes and activities to reinforce core concepts and help you apply them. There are also appendices for quick reference on search tools, copyright basics, and fair use.

Written by Ohio State University Libraries’ Office of Teaching & Learning, this attractive book is targeted to college students and their instructors.

What experts are saying about Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research:

“…a really fantastic contribution that offers a much needed broadened perspective on the process of research, and is packed to the brim with all kinds of resources and advice on how to effectively use them. The chapter on plagiarism is really excellent, and the chapter on searching for sources is utterly brilliant.”

– Chris Manion, PhD
Coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum at Ohio State University

“… an excellent repurposing of net.TUTOR, with new content, graphics, and examples—very compelling. The coverage of copyright is outstanding.”

– J. Craig Gibson
Co-chair of ACRL’s Task Force on Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education