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Before you start searching for literature on your topic, determine the type of paper you will be writing. See Types of Papers for more information.

If you are writing an analytical paper, or a compare and contrast paper, or an argumentative persuasive essay, then you will require published literature to support your argument or comparison. If you are writing a personal reflective essay, you may have little to no research to do as this type of essay typically requires you to write from personal experience.

If the paper you are preparing to write requires you to gather data by conducting your own research (e.g. surveys or interviews), you will need to take this into consideration as well.  The following research guide provides guidance on research methods resources available in the Library's collection.

There are a variety of resources and search tools available both through the Royal Roads Library and beyond. The next two sections will look at the information landscape and associated search tools.

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