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NSG 435: Introduction and Getting Started


Krista McDonald and Ginny Boehme will be your librarians for this course. Ginny is on the Oxford Campus and Krista is on the Hamilton Campus. You are welcome to reach out to either of us for assistance with your assignments throughout the semester. 

This research guide was created specifically for this course and the research assignment(s) given by your professor. The guide contains links to the most useful resources for the assignment(s) in this class. We've also included some instructions on how to use these resources as well as other helpful research tips.

If you have any questions at all during the research process, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help! Our contact information is listed in our profiles on the right-hand side of this page.

Getting Started

Feeling overwhelmed by the research assignment? Not sure where or how to start your research? The following tutorials and videos will help you learn more about the early stages involved in completing a research assignment.

"The Research Process" tutorial takes you through the first steps of examining the details of the assignment, to choosing a topic, to conducting background information about your topic to getting started on more in-depth research and writing.

The "How to Narrow Your Topic" video will walk you through the first stages of the research process, from starting with a broad area of interest, doing background research, to narrowing and tweaking your topic as you learn more, to forming a research question and thesis. 

Scholarship As Conversation (tutorial) describes how each person who conducts research and then writes or presents about their findings contributes to the information available on that particular topic. They all contribute to the large conversation about that topic that was started by others.

The "Anatomy of a Research Paper" video explains the main parts of a research paper and what should be included in each part. If you need assistance with the writing part of your research assignment, please contact the Regionals Tutoring and Learning Center.

Your Hamilton Librarian

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Krista McDonald
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Rentschler Library
Miami University Hamilton
1601 University Blvd.
Hamilton, OH 45011

Your Oxford Librarian

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Ginny Boehme

My appointment scheduler is open for you to meet with me virtually. The default platform I use is Zoom, but if you prefer Google Meet or WebEx, that's not a problem at all.

202 King Library