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Research Process Tutorial
Although research if often described in terms of a set of "steps," the actual research process doesn't usually fall into clear-cut stages.
- Define the topic and choose keywords to describe it. Identify concepts. Write out the research question as a question.
- Look for background information such as an overview from a specialized encyclopedia or an article in a journal. Follow up sources recommended in bibliographies or references.
- Depending on the assignment requirements, use the catalog (Boreham and World) to find books.
- Find articles in databases recommended by this guide.
- Search Google Scholar and other web sites recommended in this guide.
- Evaluate sources from the web using evaluation links such as those from the National Library of Medicine.
- Cite your sources in the appropriate style such as APA.
Searching Databases (Tutorials)