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Research (General): Where do I start?: Introduction to Research

Tools you can use for researching any topic, plus tutorials on research, strategies for evaluating research sources, and how to get research help 24/7

Start your research at the SCC Library homepage


Always start your research at the SCC Library homepage. It's your link to:

  • The Library Catalog where you will find books, ebooks, and videos
  • Research Databases which contain articles, ebooks, images, & much more
  • Research Guides on various subjects (which contain recommended websites)

Want research help?

Get research help from a live librarian by visiting or phoning the library during open hours, or by using 24/7 online help any time of the day or night!

From the SCC Library homepage, click Ask a Librarian 24/7.

Research tutorials

Research simply means finding information.

There are four steps in the research process:    

  1. Deciding what information you need  
  2. Finding information
  3. Evaluating the credibility of information
  4. Using information properly (including citing sources)

Learn more by watching library video tutorials like these:


Finding Information: Research Basics

From the SCC Library, this short video will tell you about crucial research tools at your college library and beyond including where to start your research and the 3 most common types of research sources (books, articles, and websites).

Visit IRIS (Information & Research Instruction Suite) to learn more about the entire research process from start to finish. (IRIS is specially designed to teach research skills to community college students in Washington state.)