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This guide takes you step-by-step through the research process.

You've just been assigned a research paper. Where do you start?

What's in this Guide

The research process typically includes five general 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 & 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 | Citation Style Guides | Copyright

Research Process Video

A brief overview of the Research Process from Joyner Library at East Carolina University

Recommended Books

The following books on the research process are available at your library!  Contact library staff if you need help finding them.

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