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Research Process & Source Documentation

Research involves a number of steps. We are available to help you work through this process. You might also find the links below helpful.

Research Process

The following materials and links may be useful to you as you work on starting research projects.

USC Library Research Tutorial
Research Tools
Using Internet Resources


The following materials and links may be useful to you as you work on documenting your sources in writing projects.

USC Libraries: Style Resources 

This page provides a brief stylesheet for each major documentation style. For quick references such as those you might find in handbooks on how to cite books, articles, online sources, etc., refer to this page.

Other Style Resources Links
We have surfed the web for you to find websites that provide useful and practical answers to documentation and style questions.

How to Quote Gracefully
We have created a brief worksheet for you that will walk you through the process of citing a source in your paper.

The following documentation websites might be useful if you are looking for recent changes that may have been made to a documentation system (and are forthcoming in a newer edition of that style's handbook). These sites would also be helpful if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the style guide for your discipline.
APA Style
MLA Style
CSE Style
Chicago Manual Style
Turabian Style