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Research Skills: Step-By-Step: Get Started

This guide will help you to develop your research skills and better understand the research process.

Research Process Overview

Step 1. Analyse your topic
Keywords & Questions | Find Background Information


Step 2. Search for information
Search Strategies | Finding Resources | Using Databases | Searching the Web


Step 3. Evaluate information
Primary vs Secondary Sources | Types of Journals


Step 4. Write and organise information
Take Notes | Develop an Outline | Incorporate Source Material


Step 5. Reference

Research Process

Source: TCC ELibrarian. (2013, December 19). Six step research process [video]. YouTube.

We thank Johnson and Wales University-Denver Campus Library for allowing some of their guide content to be adapted for use in this guide.