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Research Process & Strategies

Getting Started

Research inquiry is like an exploration -- it helps us learn, understand, and contribute to our worlds.  Because the experience often includes unexpected twists and turns, try to remain open, curious, and persistent. Let’s get started.

Asking Questions 

Questions will guide you in your research --- your initial questions will inevitably lead to new and unanticipated questions. Stay Curious!

Developing Search Terms

Searching is driven by the words we use to conceptualize our topic or inquiry. Searching requires creativity and persistence! We have a few tips here that may help. 

Considering Types of Information

Information may be delivered in a variety of  formats: books, articles, pamphlets, reports, social media and more.  Understanding format categories, characteristics, and production cycles will help you to choose the best source for your needs.

Choosing a Search Tool

You've considered the formats that may help you, now it's time to find a search tool. Some tools, like Google and OneSearch, search all kinds of formats. Other tools are specialized by format or subject area. Check out these recommendations.

Reading & Notetaking

Critical and active reading practices are a core component of research and learning. This guide offers a few strategies and tips for note taking and reading that may help! 

 Integrating Sources

You listen in on conversations around you--- You read and capture the voices of other writers --- You add your voice to the conversation. As you join in, you will make choices about how you attribute the works of others. 

 Managing Sources

Looking for a way to organize and collect citation details for your research? There are numerous citation management tools available. Learn more.

 Literature Review  

Does your assignment or publication require that you write a literature review? This guide is intended to help you understand what a literature is, why it is worth doing, and some quick tips composing one.   

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