Introduction to Academic Research

Welcome to the RGO Library & Learning Commons (LLC) online guide to Academic Research.

In college-level programs, there are higher expectations for academic assignments: instructors expect scholarly sources to be used with properly formatted citations

This guide will help you meet those expectations with a step-by-step process for:

  • choosing and developing a topic
  • searching and exploring library resources online in multiple formats, such as ebooks and databases
  • evaluating sources for credibility and reliability
  • properly integrating sources with APA style citation


Need help? Use the RGO Library's online webchat service to ask for assistance from a friendly library assistant! Or contact us by phone or email:

  • Email: circulation@bowvalleycollege.ca 
  • Phone: 403-410-1647 or 403-410-1756

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