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A Guide to the Research Process


Choose a Topic Did your professor give you a specific topic or are you responsible for choosing the subject? Consider what you find interesting that meets the parameters of the assignment.
Search for Sources What are the best resources to use for your assignment?  Learn about the different types of databases available through Phillips Library, Boolean searching, and useful database tips.
Evaluate Sources Learn the difference between popular and scholarly sources, the importance of peer-review, and how to evaluate different types of publications using the CRAAP checklist.
Stay Organized Now that you know where and how to look for sources you need to keep track of your research. You will be glad you did when you start on your bibliography!
Cite Your Sources Tips for creating citations in the APA, MLA, and Chicago Style format.