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Developing a Research Question

Guidance on how to develop, organize, and write a college-level research paper. Examples include social science topics, but the steps can be applied to any subject area.

Research Help

Need help finding resources or using library services? Ask a librarian for research assistance!

Chat Reference

For quick or basic questions, try our online chat service during business hours. Use the Chat with a Librarian box on the main library page.

Be sure to check the Library Hours schedule.

Email

If you need research assistance when we're closed—email us at reference@york.cuny.edu

We respond within 24 hours and as soon as possible after weekends and holidays.

Personal Research Consultations

York librarians are also available for more in-depth assistance with your research assignments. Learn how to: 

  • Focus your research topic
  • Plan your research strategy
  • Identify relevant sources of information
  • Find and evaluate sources efficiently

Use the form to schedule an online research consultation with a Library Faculty member: york.cuny.edu/library/research-consultation

You can always request a specific librarian when you use the form -- check out our Library Liaisons page if you want a subject-specific librarian to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

If it's after hours, you can search our FAQ page to see if your question has an answer. If not, use the question form to ask us and we will get back to you by the next business day.