Academic research and writing can definitely be confusing and frustrating sometimes. There are a lot of resources available to help you succeed, though.
The PSU Writing Center has many online guides and resources to help you with academic writing. You can also schedule an appointment with them or stop by for one-on-one assistance with your writing.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is one of the best sources of online information about academic writing.
And remember, you can always Ask A Librarian. We are glad to help you out in person, over the phone or via our internet chat service.