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Mechanics of the Research Process

Welcome to the Mechanics of the Research Process research guide.

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