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Research Help   [text-only version for printing]

The most difficult part of a research assignment is knowing where to begin! The following links will provide you with ideas for your research paper, including links to a workbook that has been developed by two Rio Hondo College librarians that breaks down the process involved in writing a paper; information on how to cite sources and much more.

About Search Engines
Links to search engines, advantages and disadvantages, searching tips...
About Web Directories & Portals
Links to Web directories, advantages and disadvantages, when to use...
Access to computers on the Rio campus
Where can you go to type up a paper or access the Internet? Click above for our handout "Plugged in at Rio"
Citing Sources : MLA & APA
Links and examples of print and electronic sources using MLA style and APA style.
Controversial Topics series
Generic term for several series of books held in the Library. Several of the series take a pro/con approach, others are handbooks with background information.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide (from the Purdue OWL)
Offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and Works Cited pages.
Online Reference - Email
Ask a reference question of a Rio Hondo College librarian!  Fill out and submit the form and we will respond within 24 hours (Monday through Thursday only).
Periodical Holding List
This is the list of  journals, magazines, and newspapers that are available in paper in the Library. To find specific articles, go to the Online Databases page and select a database to search.
Remote access to online databases
AccessRIO is the College's secure portal that allows you off-campus access to the library's databases.
"The Research Paper"  (in PDF format)Get Acrobat Reader
"The Research Paper"  (in html format)
Developed by two Rio Hondo College librarians, this workbook tackles the research process in 10 easy steps.  
Research Paper Topics
Suggestions for research papers, some with links to our own subject guides.
Video & DVD list by Discipline
List of videos and DVDs by subjects taught at Rio Hondo.

last update: GB, 09/2013

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