The Research Process

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An introduction to the research process as proposed in WWU's Library Information Tutorial. Four stage = Start, Explore, Focus, Finalize.
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The Research Process

  1. THE RESEARCH PROCESS
  2. There is not one right way to do research.
  3. This guide proposes a way of thinking about the process, especially for academic research
  4. But ultimately you will develop your own personal approach.
  5. This is a general research model, made up of four stages.
  6. Start Explore Focus Finalize
  7. You will progress through each of these stages.
  8. But it is not necessarily a linear process.
  9. You may need to jump from one stage
  10. to another
  11. then circle back again later.
  12. Although this can be frustrating, realize that it is all part of the process.
  13. And the process will take you where you need to go.

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