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EOP Students: Engaging with Information and Research

This guide has been developed for EOP students in their first year at the University at Albany, but may prove useful beyond that year. It provides resources for engaging with information both as a consumer of it, as well as a producer.

Before You Start Searching for Information

It is very likely you will find many sources on the topic you select. Selecting two from the first screen is not the best way to proceed. Instead, before you start searching, think about these questions:

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. What type of information would they find interesting?
  3. Consider your topic. What aspects of it might be particularly interesting?
  4. How could you narrow it down when you start to search?


stress free zone

Avoid Research Anxiety!

You’ve just been assigned a research paper/project/presentation. You aren’t sure where to start and you are feeling a bit queasy. You aren’t alone. Many students feel exactly the same way. Take a look through these tips, take a deep breath, and you are on your way!

Choosing a Manageable Research Topic

Worksheet: The 4 W's

Use these questions to guide you as you develop your research topic. This worksheet will download to your device.

College Research: Choosing and Evaluating Sources