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The Research Process

  1. Research Question
    • Make sure your question is specific enough
      • What is your topic?
      • What info do you need?
  2. Explore Topic
    • Use the information you gather to generate keywords
      • Textbooks
      • Lectures
      • Books
      • Google
  3. Finding Resources
    • Not finding enough sources? Try alternate keywords or go back to #1 & refine your topic
      • Main Search
      • Library databases
      • Google Scholar
      • References
  4. Read & Evaluate
    • Are your sources providing quality evidence to support your exploration or argument? If not, return to #3
      • Relevant to your topic?
      • Trustworthy information?
  5. Organize, Write & Cite
    • Take notes on what you read and synthesize the information. One way to avoid plagiarism is to paraphrase based on your notes
      • Citation guides
      • Citation software
      • Writing Centre
  6. Share Your Work
    • Sharing your work beyond a paper? Stop here for some tips and guidance
      • Abstracts
      • Publication
      • Presentations
      • Posters