Lesley Library supports learning and creative inquiry by welcoming all students to use our services and resources. Learn all about the research process from our expert team of librarians and use our Ask Us! service if you get stuck along any step in the process, from brainstorming topics to citing your sources.
Fall 2023 Hours:
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: Closed
Lunder Study Spaces: 7:00 am–12:00 am daily
Monday and Thursday: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Weekends and Holidays: Closed
Study and Classroom Hours: 7:00 am–10:00 pm daily
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- Looking for popular or scholarly sources
- Answers to your basic questions
- Questions about your research journey
If you have a question, just Ask Us!
Most of our articles can be found using our Library's search tool @LL Search, which searches all library resources including databases, journals, and articles. It is usually easiest to search by title; if you know you have the exact title use quotation marks around it. It may help to add the author's name if you are doing a general keyword search
Visit the library self help portal for more information
Tips for Deciding on a Research Topic
- Read the assignment requirements carefully. If you are unsure what topic would be relevant, talk to your professor.
- Choose a topic you find interesting.
- Consider how others have written about your topic. Resources they have used will likely be helpful.
- Consider your topic's scope. How broad or narrow is it?
- If your topic is too broad it may be difficult to find focused and relevant information. The topic also should be focused enough that it is meaningful to your audience.
- It may be hard to find information on a very narrow topic. If your topic is highly focused, be more flexible in your search strategy. For example, if you're interested in organic food labeling in a specific city, widen your information search to organic food labeling within the United States. Also think about what topic will be meaningful to your audience. What relevance will the topic have to them?
Visit the library self help portal for information related to research and topics