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Introduction to college-level research
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What Is Research?

Research is inquiry. Research is a scholarly conversation. Research is exploration. And research is a process. 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.

Step 1. Develop Your Topic   Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process. Watch Developing a Topic.

Step 2. Search Strategies  What is a search term? Brainstorm for ideas. Watch Generating Search Terms.

Step 3. Find Credible Sources  Learn why library research databases are your best choice for college level research. Watch What Is a Library Database?

Step 4
. Popular and Scholarly Sources  Learn the difference between Popular and Scholarly Articles. Watch Popular and Scholarly Sources.

Step 5. Evaluating Sources  How can you tell if a source is reliable and appropriate for your assignment? Watch Evaluating Internet Sources.



Not finding what you want? Don't get frustrated. Ask a librarian!


What Is Information Literacy?

How do you find the information you need for a research assignment, for work, or for life? 

Information literacy
may be referred to as inquiry, critical thinking skills, research skills, or lifelong learning. 
Learning where to look and how to find the information you need is a key component of information literacy.

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