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Why Do Research?
It is easy to use just one resource, but you will develop a better understanding of your subject if you learn from a diversity of sources.
The more you know about your topic, the better informed your final work will be.
Different kinds of resources get you different kinds of information and different points of view.
Learn enough about your topic to be able to talk about why it matters, not just demonstrate what you have found.
What is Research?
Research is Inquiry.
It's all about asking questions, exploring answers and drawing conclusions.
Know the process.
Step 1: Understand your assignment
Step 2: Start with a general topic idea
- Read background information in Reference works and learn
- Ask questions
- Identify key concepts and key words
- Identify key issues and different points of view
- Refine and focus your topic
Step 3: Find information
- Use keywords to search for information in books, articles, and other sources
- Add to your keywords list: broader terms, narrower terms, related terms
- Use smart search strategies
Step 4: Evaluate
- Assess your information sources for authority and bias
- Are they good choices for your academic project?
Step 5: Cite Your Sources
- Cite your sources
- Summarize and evaluate your sources in an annotated bibliography