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3.6: The Research Process

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    Research (or the process of investigating a topic and finding sources of information that help to establish facts and/or reach a conclusion) can be intimidating and confusing. However, there is a fairly simple set of steps to the research process!

    Steps in the Process

    1. Identify and develop your topic
      • Your assignment might set your topic or guide you in selecting it.
      • You should choose a topic that you find interesting.
      • You should choose a topic that you can find enough information about.
    2. Start by doing some background research on the topic
      • Learn some of the history or context of the topic.
      • Learn about related topics you might want to research.
    3. Locate your sources of information
      • Look to your assignment to see if you are required to use specific types of resources.
      • Consider the questions you need to answer.
    4. Evaluate your sources of information
      • You want to make sure that your sources are credible, reliable, and unbiased.
    5. Read those sources and make notes to use later
      • Make sure to record citation information!
      • Note the page or section/paragraph # for any information you plan to use later.
    6. Write your paper / Complete your assignment
    7. Cite your sources
    8. Proofread what you've done!

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