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Begin Your Research

Begin Your Research

This guide will take you step-by-step through the researching process. Remember to start researching early to give yourself time to locate scholarly sources and have books from other campuses delivered to you. At any time during the researching process, feel free to ask a librarian for help and guidance. Finally, when you find a source you want to use, get its citation and write down where you found it.

Steps to research:

  1. Define your topic
  2. Understand your topic
  3. Make a search strategy
  4. Find scholarly sources
  5. Know your sources
  6. Evaluating your sources
  7. Cite your sources and format your paper

Ask a Librarian Research Worksheet

Video on Understanding the Research Process

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Video: Background Checks

This video, by EasyBib, explains the first state in the inquiry-based learning process: connect. Viewers will learn how to use things they have already learned and experienced to think of new research questions.