1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Videos2c. Find Articles2d. Find Websites2e. Search Strategies
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. MLA Citation Style5c. Works Cited Examples5d. Copyright
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Beyond the Internet: Successful Research Strategies
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Undergraduate Research Handbook
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Research Process Overview

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. Develop a topic
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. Use, organize and communicate information
Notetaking
| Paraphrasing

Step 5. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism | MLA Citation Style | Works Cited ExamplesCopyright

 

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MLA/APA Guides

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MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Call Number: REFERENCE LB 2369 .G53 2009
ISBN: 9781603290241

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Call Number: REFERENCE BF 76.7 .P83 2010
ISBN: 9781433805615

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