Beginning a research project? Don't know where or how to begin?
This Research Guide explains the research steps.
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The Steps of college research
- Choose a topic.
- Narrow or broaden the topic as needed.
- Identify the keywords for your research question.
- Before you begin searching, you'll need to locate the most important words
- Find information.
- Use the online catalogs and article databases.
- Evaluate your search results.
- Evaluation includes criteria such as authority, accuracy, and lack of bias.
- Avoid plagiarism.
- Observe academic ethical standards.
- Keep track of what information from what source.
- Use our Plagiarism Guide.
- Cite accurately.
- Use our Citation Style Guides and other library resources.