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Surgical Technology: Research Process and Tutorials

Research Process

                              Research Process

 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.