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Research Help

A help guide on some key activities involved in research processes.

Research Process Overview

Research is a complex process that involves wondering, asking questions, formulating ideas, exploring the ideas of other writers and scholars that have come before you, and incorporating those ideas into your own writing. This process is different each time you do it, but it does usually involve some of the same key activities. We hope this guide can provide some guidance to you in those activities. Click on any tab that matches the help you need, or use the "Search this Guide" box in the upper right corner to jump to the research topic you need help with. Remember that your instructor and your librarians are also great sources of help in your own process of doing research.

How do I choose a topic?

What does it mean when instructors talk about using different types of information sources?

How do I search for information?

How do I find reliable information? 

How can I keep my research organized?

How do I cite sources and avoid plagiarism? 

Videos & Tutorials on Research Basics

These videos and tutorials are from Credo InfoLit. You may need to log in with your k number and password to view content.


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