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Starting Your Research Project

Whether you are an advanced researcher or just getting started, this page will provide you with resources for getting started with your research, from developing your research question to keeping track of your sources.

  • Start Your Research
    This step-by-step tutorial on research methods will help you gain practical skills and knowledge you can apply for all research needs. Topics include developing a research question, deciding on sources, locating sources, tips for reading and note-taking, and more.


Keeping Track of All the Things
As you do your research, keeping track of all of the sources of information you come across can get tricky really quickly. One great way to help with that is to use apps that can easily help you collect, organize, and store everything you find online.

  • Zotero

    Your personal research assistant, Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. See also: Northwestern's Zotero Support

  • Tropy
    Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time searching for them.

  • Box
    Northwestern has partnered with Box to deliver file sharing services to faculty, staff, and students. Box provides individual, flexible online space for unlimited file storing or sharing. All Box content can be accessed online from computers or mobile devices.


Browsing the Stacks
Main library can be quite the labyrinth and books are often on the move, but below you will find the best areas of the library to browse books related to English. Also, every listing for a book on the library website will have a "View Map" button that will show you a more precise location.

  • 3 South
    American and Canadian literary history & criticism, poetry, drama, fiction, essays, etc.
  • 4 South
    English, Old English, and German literary history & criticism, poetry, drama, fiction, essays, etc.
  • 4 East
    French, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Latin, Greek, Slavic, East and Southeast Asia, African, and Native/Indigenous literary history & criticism, poetry, drama, fiction, essays, etc.
  • Special Collections
    Rare and unique books and ephemera

  • New Book Nook
    Current and contemporary works of fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, criticism, etc.

  • 1 East
    Literary journals


Reaching Out

  • Research Support

    The library can help you find answers and direct your research through in-person research consultations or over the phone, email, and even chat!

English & Digital Humanities Librarian

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Josh Honn
University Library, 2 East, Suite 2699A
(847) 467-4761
Subjects: English