Starting the research process requires us to
What is it we want to learn? The presentation of details that we already know or that are easily accessible--answering questions like who, what, when, and where--is simply reporting. To engage in research we seek answers to broader, more open-ended questions to which there may be no clear or undisputed answers. The process we engage in forces us to think.
Learn how to define your research question in our guide
Asking Essential Questions.
Answer questions requires
In an age when information is, quite literally, at our finger tips, it can be easy to assume that the answers to our questions are as simple as a quick internet search. However, gathering information from a variety of sources provides us with a greater variety increases our chance of not only learning new facts, but also of encountering diverse viewpoints we can use to construct our own ideas and opinions.
Use our library's print and subscription resources, alongside your search of the open web to explore different answers to your question. Research guides created especially for the projects you're working on will help you get started.
Use our guides to help you sharpen your access skills:
As you gather sources, you'll
Analysis allows the researcher to
As you make your analysis, you'll be able to develop a unique thesis that answers your essential question. An informed thesis is supported by multiple credible sources, which you'll demonstrate through citation.
During this part of the process, researchers often discover "weaknesses" in the information they've gathered. The process becomes, recursive as you access and analyze additional resources.
Learn how to use your resource analysis in Developing a Thesis.
Check out our Guide to Critical Reading
Review how to Use Your NoodleTools
With research, the new information will
Using what you already knew and what you have learned through both access and evaluation, you will be in a position to create answers to your research question that uniquely fit your needs.
The final step in research is to
Evaluating the process, you'll be prepared to answer questions regarding your research and, if needed, to move towards new research that builds on what you have learned.
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