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ProQuest Research Companion takes users to a series of short videos that explains each step in the research process. Focus and review questions accompany each video. Users may create a free account if they would like to monitor their progress as they move through the modules.
The Research Process
Research is a cycle...
Research:The process of gathering information that can serve as evidence to back up your argument. Good research may not confirm what you think you know about your topic when you start out. Direct quotes should support your thoughts and should not stand alone in a paragraph without explanation.
1. Think of a topic will open in a new window
Your topic may change as you conduct research. Don't be afraid to revisit it!
2. Develop your search strategy will open in a new window
Before you start searching in library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how!
3. Find Resources and Information will open in a newwindow
Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic. Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier!
4. Evaluate will open in a new window
Make sure the articles you find are: current, relevant to your topic, written by an expert author and for a scholarly audience, and written for the purpose of furthering the scholarly conversation (not for personal or financial gain).
5. Cite It!link will open in a new window
Determine how each article or book sheds new light on your topic. What information do you learn from each resource that you didn't have before?
It's not a straight path...
Research is challenging. You may have to repeat every step in the process a few times. Don't get frustrated if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information. By starting out with a plan, and keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.
Plan your time effectively by using this research calculator from Fresno State University. Put in the date you're starting and the date your assignment is due to get a personalized schedule for completing your project!