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The Research Process: Step-by-Step

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process

Research Process Overview

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Selecting a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
Find Books |  Find Articles | Find Websites | Find Videos |Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary vs. Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information 
Paraphrasing | Notetaking | Tools

Step 5. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism | MLA Citation Style | Works Cited ExamplesCopyright

How to Research

How to Research is a clear and accessible guide to the business of doing a research project. It systematically takes the reader through from the planning to the writing up and finishing off. The new edition of this book will include: -Expanded section on methodology -Expanded section on Literature Reviews -Inclusion of a glossary

McGraw-Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers

{print and ebook versions available] Subjects: Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc; Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc

Writing Research Papers: a complete guide

[print] Subjects: Report writing > Handbooks, manuals, etc. / Research > Handbooks, manuals, etc.

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