Identify First off you will obviously need to identify the research topic you will be focusing on. Think about your argument and your main concept and take notes of all your information. What you record is will help develop your search strategy.
Background Research Background reading will really help you dial in on your main topic. This will provide you with a strong starting point for your research.
Time Always allow yourself enough time to gather information and materials that you need. Do not expect smooth sailing, there will be problems and you have to give yourself enough time to fix them.
Type Of Information The type of information you need will affect the style tools you use to locate your sources. Will a book be better to find your information in, or will the internet be your best bet? Some information can only be found in certain sources.
Tools As mentioned before, some tools are specific to some information that others may not possess. Determining where your information will be found will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Strategy Make a plan, so u know how you will use the tools you selected. Check indexes, look at intros, and identify key words.
Document Take note of all the resources you have used ( electronic or print ). This will keep you from duplicating your work. Also, you never know when you might return to a source you have used before. In the end this will also help you on your works cited and prevent “plagiarism”.
Evaluate Be sure that the information you have gathered is relevant to your topic. Did you retrieve the right amount of information? Revise your search strategy and run through the process of searching, if necessary.
Cite Be sure to record all sources that were used and cite them in bibliographies and footnotes. Record all of the publication details that are necessary.
Confused? Ask for Help! If any of these steps are causing confusion or turmoil, do not be scared to ask for help. Remember, “the only dumb question is the one not asked”.