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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
Develop a Research Question | Identify Keywords 

Step 2. Locate information
Find Reference Sources | Find Books | Find Articles | Find Videos | Find Images

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

Step 4. Citing Sources