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Steps in the Research Process
Select a Topic
May be assigned. If open topic, select a current or controversial issue, one that is of interest to you.
Brainstorm for Ideas
Choose an area that interests you > strong opinion about it? read or hear about it?
Do some background reading
Encyclopedias, websites, articles
Refine the topic
Limit to geographical area, population group, discipline
Make a list of keywords
Broader or narrower terms, synonyms, key concepts
Form a research question
What do you attempt to answer or discuss
Locate & Analyze your information
Library catalog, databases, Internet search engines > evaluate your sources
Form your Thesis Statement
Write your topic as a thesis statement, the answer to your research question
- Write, write, write - cite, cite, cite
The Information Cycle
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The Research Process
Washington State E-Learning Council. "Types of Information: Cash in Your Information Riches." IRIS 4-2. (http://libraryguides.library.clark.edu/c.php?g=687655). Published by Clark College Libraries. Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0.