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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.)

See the full list of SCC Library Research tutorials here.