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The Research Process

  1. Identify and Develop your Topic - Use books, journal articles and websites from your discipline to find interesting and relevant concepts that you want to explore further. Talk to professors to discover current issues and new research in your field. Consider the multiple perspectives on your topic.

  2. Search the Online Catalog (WebPAC) to Find Books and other Resources on Your Topic  - Use WebPAC, the Widener University Library to find books on your topic that are available in the library.  You can also search WebPAC for  journal titles, videos, DVDs and CDs that the library owns.

  3. Search Online Subscription Databases to Find Journal Articles and Other Scholarly Materials on your Topic  - Use Wolfgram Library's Subscription Online Databases to find scholarly articles about your topic.  You can also obtain access to dissertations, book titles and Newspaper Articles from the databases.

  4. Find Full Text Journal Articles  - Use the Online Databases and other resources to obtain the full text of journal articles.

  5. Find and Evaluate Internet Resources on Your Topic - Use the internet to find useful, authoritative web resources on your topic.  Evaluate each site that you find to ensure that the information in reliable and valid.

  6. Cite Your Sources - Create accurate and complete citations for each resource used in a research paper by using the citation style required by your professor.


For Help:


To obtain additional assistance, you can contact the library in these ways:

  • Ask In Person: The reference desk is staffed Mon-Thurs. 8am-9pm, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-7

  • Text: (610) 624-5423:  Mon-Thurs. 8am-10pm, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-7


  • Call: (610) 499-4073: Mon.-Thur. 8am-10pm, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-7

Reference Librarians have expertise in different disciplines.  Contact the librarian for your discipline to ask questions or schedule a research appointment:


  • Jill Borin- Archives, History, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work
    p: 610-499-4376

  • Adam Mizelle - Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences
    p: 610-499-4084

  • Susan Tsiouris - Clinical Psychology, Undergraduate Psychology, Extended Learning, Business Administration, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
    p: 610-499-4069

  • Kayla Van Osten - Communications Studies
    p: 610-499-4591

  • Molly Wolf - Curriculum/Children's Literature, Education, Engineering, Human Sexuality, Hospitality Management, Sexuality Archives
    p: 610-499-4075