Overview of how to do research

These steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for your research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Use the other guides in this series (see the box on the right side of this page) to work through these steps.

  1. Identify and Develop Your Topic
  2. Find the Context: Background Information on Your Topic
  3. Find Books
  4. Find Articles in Journals, News Sources, Magazines
  5. Evaluate What You Find
  6. Cite What You Find