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. (This table of contents will take you to a different guide--just use your return button to come back to the LA 206 guide.)
Step 4. Evaluate Information
Evaluate Sources | Primary v Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals
Step 5. Comply with Legal, Ethical and Moral Standards
Plagiarism | Paraphrasing | Citation Styles | Works Cited Examples | Copyright
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Beginning Your Project
Searching for information really begins with a good articulation of what you are looking for. The time spent searching for information is directly related to the work done to prepare for the search.
Once your topic is defined you need to come up with the appropriate vocabulary to do the search.
Next you need to come up with a search strategy that will allow you to structure your vocabulary in a way that will retrieve relevant information.
Finally, you must choose the appropriate sources that will provide you with the relevant information.
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