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CLD 300: Starting Research

Foundational theories in community and leadership development. Fall 2017.

Research Process

Starting Your Research

There are five main steps when starting your research.  They are as follows:

Step 1. Develop Your Topic

  • Select a Topic
  • Develop Research Question

 

Step 2. Search Strategies

  • Identify Keywords
  • Develop Search Strategy
  • Refine your Topic as needed

 

Step 3. Finding Reliable and Relevant Sources

  • Subject Databases
  • Online Sources
  • Books/Articles

 

Step 4. Evaluate Information

  • Source Evaluation
  • Popular vs. Scholarly Resources

 

Step 5. Comply with Professional & Academic Standards

  • Plagiarism & Paraphrasing
  • Citation Styles

Research Process Examples

Step 1. Develop Your Topic

  • Select a Topic:
    • racism
  • Develop a Research Question:
    • What are examples of racism on college campuses in the U.S.?

 

Step 2. Search Strategies

  • Identify Keywords:
    • racism, college campus. United States
  • Develop Search Strategy:
    • racism (and) college campus (and) United States
  • Refine Your Topic As Needed:
    • University of Kentucky (and) discrimination (not) mural
    • colleges & universities (and) racism (and) art*

 

Step 3. Find Reliable and Relevant Sources

  • Identify Subject Databases
    • Academic Search Complete, Access World News
  • OnlineSources
    • InfoKat Discovery, Relevant Websites
  • Books/Articles
    • UKs library catalog

Step 4. Evaluate Information

  • Source Evaluation
    • Remember the CRAAP test when evaluating websites.
  • Popular vs. Scholarly Resources
    • There are advantages and disadvantages for both types of sources.

 

Step 5. Comply with Professional & Academic Standards

  • Check the CLD 300 Tab on Citations
  • APA Style