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Research Process: Research Process

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.

Research Process

Taking the very first step in the research process may be the most difficult step, especially if you are new to library research. In this guide, you will learn how to take the steps that are necessary in this process.

Think of yourself as a detective, going from source to source to discover information. If you are not familiar with library terminology, click on the link to definitions of Library Terms to become familiar with concepts that you will often see and hear.

Getting Started

Before you start your research, there are a few general tips to keep in mind:

  • Be sure that you understand the assignment.
  • Begin early to allow sufficient time to complete the assignment by the due date.
  • Know what types of resources are required, allowed, or prohibited for the particular research assignment.
  • Know how many sources are required for the assignment.
  • Determine the timeliness of the topic, what resources are appropriate, and if sources exist.
  • Be aware of the required length of the research assignment.
  • Know which style manual you are required to use.
  • Choose a research topic that is of interest to you and raises questions

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