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Birds of a Feather: TCTC Learning Commons and Clemson Libraries for Bridge Students: Research

Research & Critical Literacy

Research Support -- TCTC Learning Commons

Research is about discovery.  It’s a search for information and clear-eyed understanding that will help us better address a problem or an issue.  But it can be fraught with wrong turns and dead ends and rabbit holes.  So it helps to have a guide, and academic librarians, as professional researchers, can help you find your way.  At TCTC, research librarians are available throughout the working day via Chat, email, phone, or in-person.  Reach out to scheduled a consultation on your next research project.

Research Support - Clemson Libraries

Clemson Libraries has resources to support you with your research. Reach out to the librarians at Clemson Libraries through email, chat, text, or make an online consultation. For resources that have already been curated by subject librarians, check out the Research and Course Guides below. 

Thinking about Sources

Thinking about the different categories of information sources can help you think about the kind of information the source contains, which can help with understanding if it can meet your information need(s) and where to look for it and other similar sources. 

Categories of Sources can include:

  • Whether it contains quantitative or qualitative information or both
  • Whether the source is objective (factual) or persuasive (opinion) and may be biased
  • Whether the source is a scholarly, professional or popular publication
  • Whether the material is a primary, secondary or tertiary source
  • What format the source is in