1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Videos2c. Find Articles2d. Find Websites2e. Search Strategies
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. MLA Citation Style5c. APA Citation Style5d. CopyrightHome
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The Research Process  

A step by step guide to doing research for a paper or presentation. Includes how to develop a topic and how to cite sources.
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 URL: http://qcc.mass.libguides.com/researchprocess Print Guide RSS Updates

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Recommended Books

Recommended titles on the research process.

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The Elements of Library Research
Call Number: Z710.G44 2008

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The College Student's Research Companion
Call Number: Z 710 .Q37 2011

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The Oxford guide to library research
Call Number: Reference Z 710 .M23 2005

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10 steps in writing the research paper
Call Number: PE 1478 .M3 2001


Research Process Overview

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 at the same time.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Selecting a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | 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 v Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
Notetaking | Paraphrasing

Step 5. Comply with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism | MLA Citation Style | APA Citation StyleCopyright


Research Process Overview

Video and program notes have been posted with permission from Bob Baker, Library Director, Pima Community College



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