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Navigating the Research Process

Here you will find a set of modules to help you through the research process.

It doesn't matter what subject or topic you need to research.

This guide will help you through any research assignment.

Each tab on the left-hand side corresponds to a different part of the research process. The best way to use these modules is to complete each one as you get to that step in your research. You can take as much time as you need. Remember to complete the Knowledge Checks at the end!

The Research Process

  • The Topic: This can be assigned by your professor, or based on your academic interests.
  • Understanding keywords: Building from your chosen topic you'll need to enter expansive language or "keywords" into a database search to get the best results.
  • Sources are probably the most important part of any research paper. We've divided the topic into Finding Sources, Evaluating Sources, and Reading the Article
  • Writing and Citing: While you do the hard work of integrating your sources into a cohesive assignment, you always need to attribute or provide citations for where the ideas and facts originated.