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The Research Process

Welcome!

This guide will help you think through aspects of the research process, understanding that "research" can mean very different things depending on discipline (particularly in STEM and creative research), audience, and goals. 

  • Keeping a research journal is a great practice to get into for any project; you can keep track of sources and searches, in addition to notes about what you tried, questions you have, and possible next steps. 
  • Download Zotero, which saves citations and PDFs with one click, lets you take notes, and formats a bibliography right in Word or Google Docs.
  • Use the menu on the left to learn more, and look for activities, tools, and checkpoints in each section. 

Any questions? Ask us!

Make a research appointment to meet individually (in person or via Zoom/Google conference) with a Research & Instruction librarian. Contact a specific subject librarian directly, or use the form linked above to talk to any of us!


Email us at library@amherst.edu, or find your subject librarian to email directly.


Phone: 413-542-2319 (research help desk) * 413-542-2373 (circulation desk)


Reference Desk hours for Spring '20 Frost Library Reference Desk

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 5 pm