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Research Process

  1. Choose your topic.
  2. Brainstorm on your topic.
  3. Create your search strategy.
  4. Search for resources.
  5. Evaluate.
  6. Search again and evaluate.
  7. Use the information for your paper.

Argumentative Essay Process

Research Process Steps 1-2
Choose your topic and brainstorm.
Research Process Steps 3-5
Create search statement, search and evaluate.
Research Process Steps 3-5
Concluding Statement
Research Process Steps 6
Use your information.

Research Process

1. Choose your topic.

2. Brainstorm on this topic.

  • Create a model for your topic.
  • Identify where you will need information or visuals.
conceptmap2 (68K)


3. Create a search statement.

  • Use important words or phrases from the concept map.
  • Connect words and phrases with correct Boolean logic (and, or, not).
  • Put phrases in quotation marks "".
  • Use truncation * for work endings.
  • Use variant spellings (theater or theatre).
  • For people search both "Last name, first name" or "First name Last Name".
venndiagram (51K)

4. Search for Information

5. Evaluate results.

evaulate (5K)


  • Timeliness
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Purpose

Useful Websites and Handout

6. Use your sources.


Is it cited properly?