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The Research Cycle
Research Cycle. Regent University, 7/22/11. Used with permission 2/19/15.
Library Tutorials for the Research Cycle
Your professors may assign a research paper or research for a speech.
You can view these short (15 - 20 minute) information literacy tutorials to learn, or to refresh, basic research skills. They explain each step of the research cycle: how to find, evaluate, and cite books and periodical articles using the library's catalog and databases.
You do not have to watch the tutorials in a specific order, but we have listed them in a way that will guide you through the library research process. Go to the All Online Tutorials page and click on the link to open each of the Research Success Tutorials.
1. Brainstorm and Define a Need
Choosing a Topic
Choose a broad topic then narrow the topic. State your topic as a question.
2. Plan Your Search Strategy
Identify the main concepts or keywords in your question. Try to find synonyms for these concepts.
3. Find Sources for Information You Need
4. Evaluate Resources
Evaluate your sources and determine which ones will be most appropriate for your research paper.
5. Cite Your Sources
Why must we cite the information sources we use in our research? How do we do this?
Overview of the Research Process
Information Literacy: The Perils of Online Research. by
Professor Maurita Holland, University of Michigan School of Information, provides guidance on a range of research activities, including evaluating the credibility of Web content, documenting online sources, and paraphrasing—not copying—the words of others.