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ENG 106 Composition II : The Research Process

The Research Process: Tips, Tricks and Tools

What is the Research Process?

The research process usually follows a path from general to specific kinds of information. Most of the time, when you are researching a topic for a project, you start with general knowledge--either things you already know or information you gather from general sources. As you learn more about the topic and find what interests you, you move into more specific kinds of information.

This page will guide you through the research process, as well as giving you links to resources at the A.C. Buehler Library where you can search for the information you need.

You will need to use many different kinds of resources in the process of writing your research paper. Different resources can be helpful to you at different points in the process. This website and our library sessions will help you think about your own research and writing process, plan your research and writing strategy, and give you some information that will help you choose the right tools and resources to use at the right steps of the process.

To use the resources on this page, click on the tabs above to access different resources and learn about how to use them.

Research Inventories

Doing a research inventory at the beginning of your project can be very helpful. 

  • It helps you figure out what info you are starting with
  • It gives you a start deciding on search terms
  • It helps you identify questions you have on the topic.