The Research Process is a cycle, not a straightforward step-by-step progression. There ARE steps involved, but they usually must be repeated as you learn more about your topic and perhaps change the focus of your research.

Use the links in the Related Pages box on the left for help with various aspects of searching.

Librarians can be especially helpful in two aspects of the information-gathering portion of the research process:

  1. WHERE to search: recommending appropriate databases and other research tools for your particular topic
  2. HOW to search: coming up with good terms to use when you use these research tools, and arranging those terms in ways that will give you the best results

The video below outlines the entire research process, beginning with understanding what the assignment is all about, and describing each of the steps you’ll need to follow as you work on the project.  Note that the video has several segments and that you will need to click the “Forward” arrow at the bottom to resume after each pause.

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Video courtesy of Cooperative Library Instruction Project