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The Research Process: Home

This guide is created to help students through the steps of writing a research paper or project.

This guide will help you through the process of conducting academic research. 

Click on the steps above and remember if you get stuck don't hesitate to ask your instructor or the librarian for help!

Academic Research

Academic research focuses on the creation of new ideas, perspectives, and arguments. Researchers seek relevant information in articles, books, and other sources, then develop an informed point of view about their subject.

The research process is not simply collecting data, evidence, or facts, then piecing together this information into a paper. Instead, the research process is about inquiry—asking questions and developing answers through serious critical thinking.  

Research almost always involves constant reflection and revision.

In other words research is the borrowing of information about a topic and adding your knowledge to it in order to gain new ideas and create a deeper understanding. 


This is important exclamation point

Although the basis of research is expanding on knowledge that is already known, it's crucial that you attribute or note that the information was borrowed from another source. This must be shown in a text citation and listed on your works cited page.

Remember: if you willingly misrepresent someone else's work as your own, there can be serious consequences that will follow you throughout your academic career. SRC's Student Handbook, page 31 discusses academic misconduct and the consequences.   


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