El Centro Library and Learning Resource Center Guide: Get Help

Welcome to the El Centro LLRC

Search tools beyond Google

Go to "Databases A-Z" for a complete list of the library's databases with brief descriptions for each.  The following are good ones to start with: 

  • Academic Search Premier: Search for scholarly or popular articles on any topic.  Click on the "full text" link to  to read the whole article. 
  • America's Newspapers: Search for newspaper articles in local and national newspapers
  • CQ Researcher: Search for reports on controversial issues and general topics.


Welcome to The Library Research Process

This research guide is designed for undergraduates who are new to research. The tabs of this guide are devoted to the major phases of the research process:

  1. Reading the Assignment – understanding what your professor expects of you
  2. Developing a Topic – the reading, thinking and writing that are part of your research process
  3. Searching for Information – finding and accessing information from the web, the library and elsewhere
  4. Choosing Your Sources – determining what information is reliable and relevant to your topic
  5. Citing Sources – learning how to cite sources properly

Our research guide is informed by our understanding of the research process from our experience as librarians and from research that we have recently completed with students, faculty and librarians at five Illinois universities. On each tab in the guide you will find not only a description of one phase of the research process, but also information from our interviews that will help you anticipate when you might get stuck, and where to get help.

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Information Services Librarian

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Chrissy Cogswell
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(773) 442-4495
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