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Research Assistance


Bellarmine librarians are available to assist students in locating materials for research projects in all subject areas. Librarians at public libraries also offer assistance. You just need a library card to make use of the valuable resources at your local public library: Tacoma Public Library, Pierce County Library, Timberland Regional Library. For research projects involving a local history topic, contact Washington State History Museum, Washington State Library, or The National Archives at Seattle. For all topics in American history and culture, check out the resources at the Library of Congress .

Avoiding Plagiarism

As a student researcher and writer, you must follow strict guidelines using the intellectual property of others. If you are unaware of these guidelines, please use the following excellent websites:

Proper Citation

One of the keys to avoiding plagiarism is to always cite your sources. The Social Studies Department at Bellarmine requires students to document their sources using the Chicago Manual of Style. Use your Bedford Handbook, p. 685-726 for examples. The Science, Physical Education, Health departments and our Psychology classes use the American Psychological Association (APA) documentation style, (Bedford, p. 621-684). The English and Religion departments require students to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation style (Bedford, p. 491-620).

Helpful Websites

The following websites may be helpful when conducting research, writing a paper, or creating a presentation:

  • OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab: Offers help for all steps of the writing and research process.
  • Creative Commons : Check to see for copyright restrictions on materials you plan to use. Also offers advice on how to give permission for the public to use your creative work.