This guide will help you work your way through the research process. Just follow the simple steps below (in order). Need help? Email Linda or use the Ask a Librarian form to help you work through the final phases of the research process.
Step 1: Choose your topic
Step 2: Find information about your topic
Step 3: Evaluate and filter your sources
Step 4: Notice patterns and overlap in the information
NOTE: If you see something mentioned only once or that don’t fit the common understanding of your topic, it's probably not worth including.
Step 5: Look at different perspectives on your topic
Step 6: Put all the pieces together
NOTE: If you're not 100% convinced about points X, Y, and Z and perspectives A, B, and C, retrace your steps,
Steps 1, 2 & 3 of the Research Process are covered more in-depth in other pages in the guide. Link to them on the left. Connect with the Learning Commons Writing Center for help with Steps 4 & 5.