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Steps in the Research Process

This research guide outlines the steps for finding information for your research paper and documenting your sources. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs.

The Six Steps

  1. Find & Develop Your Topic
  2. Find Background Information
  3. Find Books and Media
  4. Find Periodicals
  5. Evaluate Your Sources
  6. Cite Your Sources

Beginning Your Search

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