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Research Basics

Learn how to begin your research in this LibGuide and find help along the way.

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Where to begin? Follow these steps.

T H E   R E S E A R C H   P R O C E S S

  1. First, determine the extent of information needed by identifying your topic and brainstorming. Also, what kind of presentation will you have to do? How many sources and what types are required? What is the purpose of the assignment? Will you need statistics?
  2. Next, gather background information by utilizing primary sources where available and encyclopedias. Note all relevant terminology.
  3. Focus your research by finding up-to-date information. Gather the most up-to-date information and look for any available surveys, studies, statistics or experiments.
  4. Evaluate your sources by using the CRAAP test. Check your sources for Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority, and Purpose.
  5. Finally, use your information effectively and avoid plagiarism. You should be able to communicate your findings in your paper or presentation and be able to answer any questions. Cite all your sources in-text and in a bibliography or works cited to avoid plagiarism.

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Attribution

Thanks to Lake Land College Library and their Introduction to Information Literacy Syllabus for some of the information used in this Research Guide.