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Research 101

In this guide, you’ll learn about the steps in the research process including how to develop a research question, identify keywords, find, evaluate, and cite information sources and more.

Getting started with research

Getting Started 
  • Make sure you understand your assignment. Talk to your Instructor or a Librarian if you have any questions.
  • Think about your interests. What would you like to spend time learning more about? Look over your course materials and lecture notes for ideas. Write down a list of keywords and phrases that interest you.
  • Use a topic ideas database such as  Opposing Viewpoints in Context or Credo. Read current periodicals, browse the Internet, and check out reference resources and encyclopedias such as Gale eBooks

Plan your research