Steps to starting your research

  1. Choose a topic. Start broad and plan to narrow as you learn more. Make a list of key words to use as search terms.
  2. Discover more about your topic using Google and Wikipedia. Note spellings and expand your list of search terms.
  3. Search our library database CREDO for general reference information about your topic.
  4. Use our One Search tool to simultaneously search numerous library databases (see the video above for instructions). Find library books, peer-reviewed articles, news articles, e-books, and more.
  5. Visit one of our Subject Guides to find information and search tools specific to your subject area.
  6. Use Wyldcat to find books owned by other Wyoming libraries to borrow using Interlibrary loan.
  7. Find a database or two that fits your subject (choose from the subject list menu on the left).

Need help? Questions? Librarians are here for you! Call us (307) 855-2141 or email us.


General Research Tips
Begin Your Research Tutorial by Humbolt State University Libraries.

How to Write a Research Paper 12-page .pdf by Encyclopedia Brittanica. Goes through the process step-by-step and includes links to other resources.

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College. Contains information on evaluating sources, where to start research for different disciplines, and citation information.

How to do research 53-minute video of a recorded workshop presented at CWC.

Many research resources collected in our Subject Guides


Choosing a Topic

• Simple step-by-step instructions on choosing a topic and identifying key words by the University of California-Santa Cruz
Selecting a Research Topic by Weber State University Library. Guide to choosing a topic, then refining it into a research question and thesis statement.



Using One Search 3.5-minute video by the CWC library

Databases 101 Interactive video by Northern Wyoming Community College District

• YouTube video on database searching by DianeLibrarian (9.5 minutes).
Sample Academic Search Premier search This one-minute video shows a search on autism limiting by full-text, academic journal, date and subject. Turn volume up to hear narration. 

• How to use the WyldCat Library Catalog-- videos:

1.     WyldCat Part I

2.     WyldCat Part II

3.     Course Reserves

4.     Interlibrary Loan 


Evaluating Information

Critical Evaluation of Information Sources by the University of Oregon Libraries.
How to Evaluate Information by the Penn State Libraries.
Evaluating Information .PDF by California State University-Chico

Checklist for Evaluating Web Pages .PDF by the University of South Carolina Library

Scholarly Vs Popular Periodicals: What is the Difference? Video courtesy of Northwest College

Citing Sources

What is a Citation -- Giving credit where credit is due 14 min. video by Northwest College

Citations and Bibliographies: What, Why, When and How 45-minute video of a recorded workshop presented at CWC.
Many citation resources collected in our Subject Guides


Additional resources



This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code) 


Wyoming Union List of Periodicals (WULP) 
Find out which libraries have the magazine or journal you need.


University of Wyoming Library Catalog
UW's holdings are not included in WYLDCAT; search here if desired items are unavailable in WYLDCAT.

Use if seeking items not held in Wyoming.

Colorado's online library catalog


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