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Research & Citing: Home


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. This guide has divided the research process into five rough steps: 

Identify your question: choose a topic, identify keywords   explore background information  prepare a search strategy: databases, citationsevaluate what you find: relevance, credibility, types of sources, web contentuse and cite your sources: citing, avoid plagiarism

Picking your topic

Check out this great video from NC State Libraries about the research process.

Transcript for this video

Resources

UC Santa Cruz Library Start your research

UW Madison Writing Center

U Mich Library Finding and exploring your topic

The OWL at Purdue Research: Where do I begin?

Books about research

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