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Research is a Process

It is difficult to choose resources for your paper until you have a good understanding about what you what to write about. A research process can help researchers stay focused. Although this appears to be linear, researchers frequently have to back up to a previous step (or several!) to complete a final research project or paper.

Understand the assignment
Get a basic understanding of the topic
Note related concepts and the broader category or discipline
Write a thesis statement
Create a simple outline
State your topic as a research question
Find an answer(s) and information in various appropriate resources
Summarize information and draw conclusions
Finish the outline
Write the first draft of the paper
Critique the paper
Write the final paper

This tutorial focuses on the steps needed to select and use information resources.