1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. General Encyclopedias2b. Specialized Encyclopedias2c. Find Books2d. Find Articles2e. Find Videos2f. Find Websites2g. Search Strategies2h. Research Log
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. APA Citation Style5c. MLA Citation Style5d. Copyright
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The Research Loop

  • Have a question
  • Discover what others have done
  • Refine your question in light of that discovery
  • Answer that question yourself

The research process typically includes four 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.  It's called the "research loop"!



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Recommended Books

1)     Booth, Wayne C.  The Craft of Research.  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Q 180.55 M4 B66 2008

2)     George, Mary W. The Elements of Library Research: What Every Student Needs to Know. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.

Z 710 G44 2008

3)     Lipson, Charles.  Doing Honest Work in College. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.  Ref PN 171 F56 L56 2008

4)     Quaratiello, Arlene R. The College Student's Research Companion. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2000.

Z 710 Q37 2000

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The Craft of Research

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The Craft of Research - Wayne C. Booth
Call Number: Ref Q180.55 M4 B66 2008
ISBN: 0226065669


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