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Begin My Research: Next Steps

Starting points for students who are new to college-level research and/or just don’t know where to begin a newly assigned research project.

General Topic Directions

Researching a specific location? Check out the Country, State or City guide.

Encyclopedia articles, essays, and overview articles as found in the subject guides are excellent starting points for any topic.

If you are not sure exactly which subject would best describe your topic, check out the multidisciplinary databases that search a range of subjects at once.

Ready to dive into our resources? Not sure which materials you need? First take a look at a comprehensive list of their pros and cons to see which will fit your research needs. 

Started using some databases/websites and not coming up with results? Try some recommended Search Tips & Tricks from our librarians (research aficionados). 

Still lost? Consult the help references listed at the bottom of the page!

Personalized Help Is Available

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If you need help with your research (including writing citations) or creating a final (digital) project, sign up for a one-on-one Research or Technology Consultation with a reference librarian or technology expert who can help guide you through your assignments.

If you need help with your writing, please visit SUNY Geneseo's Writing Center, or check out this writing basics guide.

Starting to Cite? Never Too Early!

Citation Management With Zotero

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Zotero is a Firefox and Chrome extension that allows you to easily keep track of your sources—books, articles, webpages, etc. It will also create citations and a works cited section for your paper.

With many different citation styles included, and the ability to share your information from one computer to another, Zotero can make citing your sources and creating bibliographies much easier.

For lots more information, see Milne Library's Zotero guide.

PDF and Citation Management With Mendeley

MendeleyMendeley is a desktop application for PC and MAC that helps you manage PDFs on your computer.  Information in the desktop app is also synced to the Mendeley website and the Mendeley mobile app.

Mendeley works with Miscrosoft Word and Open Office to create in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies in thousands of different citation styles.