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The Research Process

GETTING STARTED

CHOOSE A TOPIC

Understand your assignment parameters, requirements, and due dates.

  • Choose something you are interested in.

  • Start from the assignment due date and work your way back. Think about the time you will need for research, writing, editing, and allow time for questions that may arise.

  • Keep in mind your topic may change as you research and write.

  • Pick a few topics you want to explore further and then find background information and refine your topic to see if you want to continue down that path. If not, try out a different topic until you find one you like.

 

CONDUCT BACKGROUND RESEARCH

Search for news articles, top hits on Google, and encyclopedia articles.

Credo Reference: Credo is a great place to start out when looking for background information. It not only has general information like you would find on Wikipedia, but on Credo, you know that every entry was written by a noted expert in their field. Credo also has topic pages and Mind Maps that let you see connections between and among related topics and subtopics. 

 

REFINE YOUR TOPIC 
Narrow down what you want to investigate. Think about the who, what, when, where, and why for your topic.

 

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