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Economics: How to Research

Guide to economics resources at Central Texas College

Research

Not all sources are created equal—you have to evaluate them to make sure they are credible.  Librarians are here to help you every step of the way—whether it's in person, over the phone, via e-mail, or in a live chat session.  Whether you need help finding the necessary sources, figuring out databases, or even checking over your paper, there is a librarian for that!

To request an appointment, email Teaching.Learning@ctcd.edu. Possible topics include:

 

  • writing research papers
  • proper citation formats (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian) 
  • avoiding plagiarism and copyright issues

Research Paper Mentoring

Written your paper, but not sure it's quite right?  Use Research Paper Mentoring (RPM)!  Any CTC student can submit a final draft of a research paper for a CTC class to the librarians for evaluation; it's easy:

1. CREATE: new email using your CTC EagleMail account

2. Send TO: teaching.learning@ctcd.edu

3. Email SUBJECT: RPM

4. ATTACH: Final draft of your research paper (only MS Word is accepted)

5. In body of EagleMail email, provide:

  • Your first and last name
  • CTC ID
  • Description of class/academic endeavor

6. CLICK SEND

NOTE: Once received, you will be notified by reply email the library has received your paper for review. Only final drafts of your paper will be accepted. If your paper is not at an acceptable standard, it will be returned to you for correction and resubmission. Research paper reviews will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Disclaimer: Library staff provides guidance, direction and suggestions in the review of papers. As papers are reviewed by different librarians, there will be variances in the response received. Students or instructors may disagree with review suggestions. All questions about the paper should be directed to the instructor.