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CURCA/SHP Information Resources: Home

Here find links to Librarians with Subject expertise as well as tips and techniques when looking for information on your CURCA projects, preparing Poster and Presentation Abstracts, and Citation tutorials and workshops.


Check here for tips and techniques to help you with your CURCA and/or Senior Honors Project experience.  If you need assistance during this process, contact the Subject Librarian associated with your research or activity focus.  Reference Desk help is also available at 413-572-5234 or

Beginning OR Step One

Once you have selected a question for your Research or Creative Activity, you will need to gather information on what people have done in this area before you.  This is often referred to as a Literature Review, and is incorporated into any reports or projects you present about your original research in order to give background and context to your project.

Gathering Data OR Step Two

While you may be familiar with specialized databases in your topic area, try varying your searches to retrieve the best results.

Need Help?

Not sure how to start your research?  The online tutorial below will get you started with using the library's resources.  You can also request an individual instruction session with a reference librarian.

Reporting on Your Findings OR the Final Step

Consider presenting your research in a Poster Presentation or demonstrate your Creative Activity at the next Celebration of Undergraduate Research, April 30, 2021.  Take a look at those who have done so at previous celebrations:

CURCA Celebration:  May 1st, 2020

You might also consider submitting an abstract to present at the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference.  Although it was canceled this year due to the CoViD-19 danger, next year may be different.

Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

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