Research and Documentation

Research Resources

Infographic from the Northeastern Library

Northeastern Library Research Guides
The Northeastern Library has a series of video, slides, and handouts on topics like: “How do I choose a research topic?”; “How do I choose keywords for my search?”; and “How do I find peer-reviewed sources?”

Subject Guides
The library also has a wide range of  that can help provide you with overviews and recent trends in your subject area.

Research drop-in hours at Snell Library
For subject-specific research help, library staff can help point you in the right direction by email/appointment and during drop-in help hours.


Citation Resources

Northeastern Library Citation Resources
The Northeastern Library offers links to citation style guides, such as APA, MLA, and IEEE.

The OWL at Purdue
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University offers a wide variety of writing resources (including the writing exercises described below), such as current guides to MLA and APA styles, research guidance and suggestions, and resources for multilingual writers.


What is plagiarism? How do writers avoid it?

OSCCR “Academic Integrity”
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution maintains the university’s academic integrity policy. Here is an excerpt from their definition of plagiarism:

The University defines plagiarism as using as one’s own the words, ideas, data, code, or other original academic material of another without providing proper citation or attribution. Plagiarism can apply to any assignment, either final or drafted copies, and it can occur either accidentally or deliberately. Claiming that one has “forgotten” to document ideas or material taken from another source does not exempt one from plagiarizing.

Purdue OWL “Safe Practices”
In order to avoid plagiarism, writers need careful habits when taking notes and researching. The Purdue OWL recommends a series of “safe practices.”

We also recommend you use “quotation marks” any time you are taking notes using exact wording from a source, even if you are just borrowing a few words. It is essential to include page numbers and web links in your notes so that you can check whether or not your paraphrases are too close to the original when you actually sit down to write.

Our Northeastern Writing Center consultants can help you if you’re unsure if whether or not you are citing, summarizing, and documenting sources appropriately.