Do College-Level Research

College Research Assignments

Wondering what a college research assignment is like?

About this Guide

This LibGuide was developed at Kent State University updating the Transitioning to College site. The update was funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Technical support and content updates provided by:

   Ann Marie Smeraldi, First Year Experience Librarian, Cleveland State University (link to library)
   Paula Deal, eLearning Specialist, INFOhio

The LibGuide replaces the Transitioning to College site that was developed with input from Ohio academic and high school librarians. Transitioning to College is an initiative jointly funded by the Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE) and a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Technical support and content provided by:

    Jeph Remley, Web developer
    Ramon Perez, Illustrator
    Shane Roach , Videographer
    Jason Forbes, Master Control Operator
    Colleen Boff, First Year Experience Librarian, Bowling Green State University
    Ken Burhanna, First Year Experience Librarian, Kent State University
    Anne Fields, Collection Manager for Education, The Ohio State University
    Mary Lee Jensen, Head of Instructional Services, Kent State University
    Wendy Baker Torrence, Librarian and Editor
    Amanda Wilson, Metadata Librarian, The Ohio State University
    Amy Wilson, Reference Outreach Specialist, University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College

Student Actors in the Transitioning to College videos:

    Jessica Beaudry
    Jason Covert
    Jd. Bowman


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Steps to the Research Process

You've been assigned your first college research assignment. Now what do you do? Start by visiting your college or university library and following these steps.  Don't forget that academic librarians are waiting to help.  Just ask!

Research Process Tutorials

Try these tutorials to learn essential college library research skills.