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. Plagiarism4b. Citation Style4c. Copyright4d. Using Your Resources
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No matter what stage of the research process you're at--only beginning, stuck in the middle, or finishing up with citation polishing--this guide is a great resource for you.
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Research Process Overview

Todd Wehr Memorial Library at Viterbo UniversityWelcome to the library's guide to the research process. Please use the tabs above (or the links below) to navigate through this tutorial.

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.

Step 1. Develop a Topic
Select a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate Information
Find Books | Find Videos | Find Articles | Find Websites | Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and Analyze Information and Sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary vs. Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Using your Resources Legally, and Ethically
Plagiarism | Citation Style | Copyright | Using Your Resources

Ready to begin? Click on Step 1!


Research Process Overview: Video

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



We would like to thank the Denver Campus Library, Johnson & Wales University for the use of some sections of this guide.

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