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Research Help for Online Students

This page provides useful information to help students taking online courses.

Research Help

The librarians are happy to provide research assistance for your projects and papers. 

Librarians can help you to
  • Select search terms
  • Identify where to find books, articles, and other library resources for your topic
  • Use library and web search tools more effectively
  • Evaluate the quality of what your find
  • Fill gaps in your research
Contact us by 
  • Chat
  • Phone
  • Email

Background Information

Reference sources help you find background information on a topic. 

Reference sources include
  • Topic overviews
  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Biographies
  • Pro/con essays
  • Statistics
Use reference sources for
  • Basic facts and definitions
  • Identifying important people, organizations, concepts, and events 
  • Descriptions of multiple perspectives on a topic
  • Summary of existing research on a topic
  • Lists of recommended sources for further reading

Research Guides

Research guides collect resources and tips for effective research at Southeast. Some guides are for finding research in whole subject areas, some a for specific classes, and other teach general research skills.

  • The default research guides page organizes guides by type so you can browse all guides for courses, subject areas, and general information.
  • You can also go to the "By Subject" tab and see all guides categorized by subjects that are based on academic programs at Southeast.