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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. Doing academic research involves many steps. You need to do things like become familiar with topic, learn how people in the field discuss the topic, learn specific vocabulary and terminology, develop a research question, craft a thesis statement, and make hypothesis.
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.
Introduction to Academic Research (5 minute video)
Online Resources About Doing Research
eBooks on Research
Beasley's Guide to Library Research by "Beasley's Guide to Library Research" offers straightforward help in navigating the complex labyrinth of library research. Suitable for novice and experienced researcher alike, this revised classic is an invaluable tool for locating and using materials from research libraries anywhere in the world. Written and organized for easy access, the reader is guided step-by-step through library rules and methods of operation, the effective use of microfilms and various cataloguing systems, and the location of materials using bibliographies, reference books, and periodical indices. Also covered are the most modern forms of research, including computer databases, inter-library loan systems, and online computer searches. Whether the reader is a student, teacher, writer, librarian or business person, Beasley's Guide to Library Research provides the essential information that enables all library users to make the most of their research time.
Call Number: eBook available in a full-text digital version
Publication Date: 2000-08-01
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