1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords1d. Find Background Information1e. Refine a Topic
2a. Find Books2b. Find Videos2c. Find Articles2d. Find Websites2e. Search Strategies
3a. Evaluate Sources3b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources3c. Types of Periodicals
4a. Paraphrasing4b. Notetaking
5a. Plagiarism5b. MLA Citation Style5c. Works Cited Examples5d. Copyright
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Welcome to The Research Process

Welcome to the research process guide.  This guide will point you to the best resources available to you at Southern Wesleyan University.

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.  See each tab on this guide for more information about the 5 steps below:

  • Step 1. Develop a topic
  • Step 2. Locate information
  • Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
  • Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
  • Step 5. Comply with legal, ethical and moral standards

Video: Research Process Overview

Video has been posted with permission from Bob Baker, Library Director, Pima Community College

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