The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.
This guide will help you through the research process - from developing a topic to citing resources.
Step 1. Develop a topic
Brainstorming | Find Background Information | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Refine a Topic
Step 2. Locate information
Find Books | Find Videos | Find Articles | Find Websites | Search Strategies
Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary vs. Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals
Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
Notetaking | Paraphrasing
Step 5. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards
Academic Honesty | Citation Styles | Works Cited Examples | Copyright
Thanks to Johnston & Wales University which gave us to permission to use their Research Process Guide.