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Getting Started Doing Research: Home

Beginning a new research project can be overwhelming. This guide was created to help you get a successful start.

Getting a Library Card

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Your student UMF ID + a library barcode = your library card

Bring your student ID to the main desk (on the right as you enter the library) and ask for a barcode. It just takes a few seconds!

You will need a library barcode to check out books and to request books available at other URSUS or MaineCat libraries and have them sent to the Mantor Library for you.

    Getting Started

    New to library research?  This tutorial covers the basics of the research process from topic to citing sources.

    You can use this tutorial by moving sequentially through each of the numbered tabs above or skip to a specific section by choosing the appropriate tab.

    Step 1 - Choosing a Topic

    Step 2 - Search Strategy

    Step 3 - Keyword Searching

    Step 4 - Evaluating Sources

    Step 5 - Citing and Using Information Ethically

    If you have questions about searching for information or would like know which library resources are recommended for researching a topic, you can contact one of the Mantor librarians for assistance. Check out the Research Help section of this guide for information about the library's Consult A Research Expert Service for students and find contact information for the librarians.