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Guide to Research

An overview of the research process

Research paper

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When you begin research, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. Conducting research is exciting, but it can also be daunting and confusing as you encounter a dizzying flow of information from a range of sources, some scholarly and others "popular." It is important to tackle your research paper one step at a time. This guide will help you: 

  • Choose a topic 
  • Develop a research question 
  • Search databases for books and articles on your topic
  • Evaluate your sources for credibility and distinguish scholarly from popular sources 
  • Properly cite your sources & avoid plagiarism