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Step by Step: Details of the Research Process   Tags: getting started, how to research, steps in research  

Use this guide to learn how how the research process works.
Last Updated: Aug 8, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This flowchart should give you a good idea of the order in which to conduct library research. For more information on any step refer to the tabs above, or ask a Librarian.  Happy ReSearching.

Text Version of Research Flowchart

  1. Select Topic
    1. Do Background Reading
    2. Narrow/Broaden Search
    3. Create Thesis Statement
  2. Develop Search Strategy
    1. Create list of keywords
    2. List questions to be answered
    3. Write a draft outline
  3. Gather Materials
    1. Books
    2. Articles
    3. Web Sites
  4. Evaluate Resources
    1. Currency
    2. Reliabitliy
    3. Authority
    4. Accuracy
    5. Point of View
  5. Read, Write, Edit: Organize Your Thoughts
    1. Think about what you've read
    2. Synthesize the information
    3. Write Your Paper
  6. Revise/Rewrite if necessary

    Library Research Flowchart


    Research Flow Chart

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