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Research Process Tutorial
Searching Databases (Tutorials)
Although research is often described as a set of "steps," the actual research process usually doesn't fall into clear-cut stages.
- Define the topic and choose keywords to describe major concepts. Write out the research topic as a question.
- Look for background information such as an overview from a specialized encyclopedia. Follow up sources recommended in bibliographies or references.
- Decide what type of sources the assignment requires:, books (Boreham Catalog and World Catalog), journal articles (databases), or web resources.
- Search research tools to find sources. Use this guide for recommendations.
- Find additional sources in Google Scholar, Google Books, and other web sites recommended in this guide.
- Consider searching a multi search tool such as DISCOVER or Proquest Central.
- Evaluate sources using criteria of accuracy, authority, currency, and similar factors.
- Use Zotero or other software to manage your search results.
- Cite your sources in an appropriate style such as APA.