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Academic Research vs. Finding Day-to-Day Information
Doing academic research is different from looking for information to solve problems and questions that come up in everyday life. On any given day we might need to solve questions like: What's the fastest way to get to Grand Central Terminal? How big is Central Park? What's the weather going to be like tomorrow?, etc. It's usually quite easy to find the information to answer these kind of questions through a simple Google search.
There are many ways to approach the research process. As you gain experience doing research assignments you will gradually develop a process that works best for you. In the mean time, you might want to look at the steps below, which represent one way you can organize your research process.
- Understand your topic.
- Find Background information about your topic
- Develop a research question.
- Determine data/information needed to answer your research question.
- Identify search tools (like article databases) to find your information/data..
- Evaluate which search results are most appropriate/relevant.
- Analyze and synthesize the data/information you've selected (KEEP NOTES)
- Outline how you will address your research question.
- Write draft of paper integrating your analysis, recommendations, and conclusions.
- Repeat 4, 5, 6, 7 as needed.
Online Resources About Doing Research
Books on Research
Research Strategies by
Call Number: Z710 .B23 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-16
Badke focuses on informational research and provides a host of tips and advice not only for conducting research, but also for everything from finding a topic to writing an outline to documenting resources and polishing the final draft.
The Research Process by
Call Number: ZA3060 .B655 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-21
Explains what a research paper is and provides a step-by-step process for finding and evaluating academic research sources.
The Facts on File Guide to Research by
Call Number: ZA3075 .L46 2010
Publication Date: 2010-10-01
A comprehensive guide to conducting thorough and accurate research. It includes detailed lists of thousands of resources and explains general research methods and proper citation of sources.
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