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Library Research Guide for Sociology 4950/4960: Senior Honors Thesis: Developing a
Research Strategy

Developing a Research Strategy

Search strategy is the process of finding information in a logical, step-by-step manner. Using a
search strategy insures that you will find the information and materials you need as quickly and
efficiently as possible.

Research Steps


  1. Choose your topic
  2. Find background information
  3. Find books on your topic
  4. Find periodical articles
  5. Find networked resources or relevant Web sites
  6. Evaluate your sources
  7. Cite your sources

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