IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Research Process:

A way to organize your search for information

If you only need to look up one or two sources and your topic is clearly defined, you probably won't need to be too concerned with the research process.

But suppose you're writing a 5-10 page paper, and you need to collect a variety of sources: popular and scholarly, primary and secondary, books, articles, web sites. Very quickly, the project could get out of hand, and you could end up backtracking, starting over and wasting a lot of time. This scenario is where the research process will serve you well.

This is a short module; its purpose is to pull together information that is presented in other modules. Follow links to reference modules if you need more information.


After viewing this module, you should be able to

  • Clearly define the logical order of steps to follow for efficient researching.
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updated: 28 August, 2009