The research process can be messy. As you explore background information, start reading articles and even begin to write, you might discover that you need to adjust your topic a little (or a lot). Perhaps you need scholarly articles and you can’t find any. Maybe you discover a more interesting aspect of your original topic. This is all part of the process. This is all research.
Choose a topic
Broaden or narrow your topic
Prepare a search strategy
Searching a database
Searching by citations
Evaluate the relevance of your sources
Evaluate the quality and credibility of your sources
Determine the types of sources
Evaluate content from the web
Check out this great video from NC State Libraries about the research process.
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