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Beginner's Guide to UK Libraries: Research Process

A guide to provide basic information on how to use UK Libraries. It includes tips on doing research, library vocabulary and the ability to view the guide in other languages using Google Translate.

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Research Process

Research Process Overview

  1. Develop your topic
  2. Search for information
  3. Refine your topic
  4. Find academic quality sources
  5. Evaluate the information
  6. Avoid Plagiarism
  7. Cite information correctly

Recommended Books

Recommended Titles on the Research Process available in Young Library.

Identifying Keywords


Before you can begin searching for information, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Identify the important words or ideas in your initial research question.
  • Look for background information, such as encyclopedia articles.
  • If you're still having trouble, use a thesaurus to identify synonyms to use in your search.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe the picture.