Research 101

Learning Commons

Research 101 is an interactive online tutorial for students who want an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources.

Research 101 is intended to help improve how you perform research, so that you can tackle information problems anywhere. Research 101 is not a guide to finding specific resources for a specific topic; instead, it introduces the process of doing research and the skills required to make good decisions along the way.

This tutorial is not intended to replace meetings with your course professors or consultations with librarians. For help with specific research questions, please visit Collins Library's Ask-a-Librarian page.


Important usage information:
Many of the research resources indicated in Research 101 are restricted to University of Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff only. If you are viewing this tutorial from off-campus, you will need to sign in through EZ-Proxy in order to access the licensed databases. More information can be found on the Off-Campus Access library page.


There are six units in this tutorial, each with its own set of objectives, information, and exercises. We recommend that you start with "The Basics."


At the conclusion of the tutorial you will find a link for providing feedback on Research 101. Please take a minute to let us know about your experience.



Collins Library has customized and expanded this resource for use by University of Puget Sound students and faculty. It is derived from content and design elements developed for Research 101 by UWill, University of Washington Libraries, copyright 2000-2005. It is used here by permission.

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