I have no idea how I should even start a research project! What do I do?
How to Conduct Business Research : An Overview
(Your notes will help a lot when you pull together your assignment.)
A more in-depth and step-by-step explanation of the research process is outlined in the box below.
Step 1: Choose your topic
You may be assigned to write about a specific topic, in which case you can skip this step, or you may have be able to choose your own topic. Hint: choose a topic that you really enjoy! It's actually fun to research topics you like.
Step 2: Do background research
Start with the library database Credo Reference, and a basic keyword search
Create a list of keywords and search terms as you find them for future searches:
Start Broad and then Narrow Your Search
As you are researching jot down:
NOTE: Use the email or share tool on the article page to email yourself any articles you think might work for your project. It will save you time and energy, later. The email tool may allow you to send the citation along with the article. Be sure to choose the citation format you were assigned.
Step 3: Find and Evaluate the information you find about your topic
Use your list of search terms and look for information in Western Library's Business databases found in the following pages of this guide. These databases will help you find detailed or specific information about the area of your topic you chose to focus on.
Evaluate database articles:
NOTE: use the email or share tool on the article page to email yourself any articles you think might work for your project. Check the citation box to include it. Be sure to choose the citation format you were assigned. If there is no option to automatically send the citation along with the email, copy/paste it into the message box. Be sure the Full Text box is checked when using the Credo Reference Share Tool.
How to Read Your Articles
"The main idea in a text is not on the page, it's something in your head that you need to construct."
Professor David Jolliffe
Open the articles you emailed to yourself
Look at different perspectives on your topic
Step 4: Put all the pieces together
This is the point where you start to apply your research to writing your paper, developing your speech, or creating your presentation or other project.
If you're not 100% convinced about points X, Y, and Z and perspectives A, B, and C, retrace your steps, go back a step or two in the process and fill in the gaps, until you are.