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Recommended titles on the research process available on Reserve (2 hour use) in the library.

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 simultaneously.

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 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. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism | Works Cited ExamplesCopyright

Research Process Overview

Videos have been posted with permission from Bob Baker, Library Director, Pima Community College.  Note that the rest of the video series is not in this guide.  However, the guide's tabs do approxmiate the content of Baker's series.

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Subject Guide

Gail Stucky
Co-Director and Public Services Librarian
Bethel College Library