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Edmonds CC Library: Research Help: Research Basics

The Basics

This basic research strategy is designed to give you a simple plan for thinking about your information needs and finding appropriate resources. Though the order of these steps is flexible, a successful researcher will want to consider each of them.  For answers, move your mouse over each question and CLICK!

  WHAT IS YOUR ASSIGNMENT?

  WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR TOPIC?

•  WHERE CAN YOU FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON YOUR TOPIC?

 CAN YOU EXPRESS YOUR TOPIC AS A QUESTION OR A STATEMENT?

  WHAT SUBJECT AREAS CONTAIN INFORMATION ON YOUR TOPIC?

  WHAT ARE THE KEY WORDS THAT RELATE TO YOUR TOPIC?

  WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO ORGANIZE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE GATHERED SO FAR?

  WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED TO KNOW?

  WHAT ARE YOUR MAJOR RESEARCH TOOLS?

  HOW DO YOU EVALUATE THE SOURCES THAT YOU FIND?

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