1a. Find a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Videos2c. Find Articles2d. Find Websites
3a: Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
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Research Consultation

For individual assistance, fill out the Research Consultation Request Form.

You and a librarian can decide on a time to work one-on-one to find information about your topic.


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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
Find a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify KeywordsRefine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
Find Books | Find Videos | Find Articles | Find Websites 

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

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
Paraphrasing | Notetaking

Step 5. Citing Sources


The Research Process


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