The Research Process: Getting Started

A getting started and step-by-step guide to the research process.

Research Process

The Research Process - every step of the way

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What's in This Guide

This guide will lead you through the general research process. Most often you will 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.  Choose a Topic
Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Info | Refine a Topic

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

Step 3.  Evaluate & Analyze
Primary vs. Secondary Sources | Databases vs. InternetTypes of Periodicals

Step 4.  Use & Organize Information

Step 5.  Follow Legal, Ethical & Moral Standards
Plagiarism | Citation Styles | Copyright

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