The following five steps guide you through the research process.
Address these steps as you go, using the prompts to provide important documentation of your research.
You may find yourself going back to previous steps and re-working your topic as you learn more about it. This is normal and very common in the research process! The key is to stay organized, be persistent, and think creatively.
What combination of words did you put into a search box to retrieve the best results?
Using tips and tricks found here, combine keywords from your keyword bank to write two or three effective search statements.
Doing research is like building a house: you must be sure the materials you use for your foundation are top-notch, or your house will collapse!
It's important to evaluate every source you include in your research. Evaluate each of your chosen sources. Briefly defend each choice, including the quality of the information, the authority of the writers, and how the source addresses your research topic.
The research process is rarely straightforward. You may hit dead ends, or follow an unexpected path. That's what makes it so exciting (and sometimes frustrating)-- you always learn something new, and you're always left with unanswered questions.
Reflect on your research process. What did you find challenging about researching, and what did you learn? Knowing what you now know, what might you do differently if you were to start from the beginning? Do you have any questions you'd like to explore further?