Developing a Research Process
|Research helps us make connections between information and ideas, as well as broaden our perspectives. It happens in most aspects of our lives (academic, personal, and professional) for a multitude of reasons.
The research process involves several overlapping activities and usually takes more time than we expect. As we learn more about our topics, we realize that we need to find more information, use other source types, and/or change our focus.
Starting early, being patient, and using good strategies can help us get good results.
The following pages offer strategies for thinking critically about information needs and choosing source materials based on those needs. Using these strategies can help us save time and get better results from our research efforts.
- NAVIGATION TIPS:
- Use the navigation links at the tops and bottoms of pages to choose pages.
- Use the Contents drop-down list under the library's logo to choose specific topics.
- Use the sidebar on the far right to get research assistance or return to the library's FAQ page.