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The Research Process: A step-by-step guide: Overview

Help with selecting a topic, locating information, evaluating resources, citing sources, and how to avoid plagiarism.

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What is Research?

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Selecting a Topic
Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
Find Books | Find Videos | Find Articles | Find Websites | Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary v Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Citations
MLA Citation Style | APA Citation Style | Works Cited Examples

Step 5. Plagiarism/ Copyright
PlagiarismCopyright | Paraphrasing | Note taking

Guide Author

Peg Johnson
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