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. See the Research 101 guide for more information.
Step 1. Develop Your Topic. Developing a good research question can sometimes be the most difficult part of the research process.
Step 2. Search Strategies. How do I search for sources? What is a search term? Brainstorm for ideas.
Step 3. Find Credible Sources. Learn why library research databases are your best choice for college level research. Learn the difference between Popular and Scholarly Articles.
Step 4. Evaluating Information How can you tell if a source is reliable and appropriate for your assignment?