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  1. 1. THE RESEARCH PROCESS<br />The AssignmentStart by reading the assignment carefully. Do you understand the question?Is your topic specified, or do you need to select and focus your own topic?<br />What Do I Know?How much do you already know about the topic?Can you list related sub-topics or concepts?Do you need to do a little background reading from print or online reference sources to get some context and begin to make notes of concepts and keywords?<br />PlanWhat information are you missing?How might that information be presented (book, article, study, statistics)?Where would be the best place to find this information (library, databases, Internet)?ResearchLocate needed resources in the library, onilne database, or Internet.Some resources can requested from other libraries.Be sure to also capture the information you'll need for bibliography or works cited page.Examine & EvaluateDo you have enough information to complete your assignment? Is the information you found current and reliable?Is it balanced or does it represent a single point of view?Do you need to find more resources?<br />PublishAt some point, you'll decide you are ready to start writing your outline, paper, or presentation.You may discover you need to jump back into the research process to fill an information gap.<br />

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