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Researching at NCCS: Tools and Tips: Brainstorming, Graphic Organizers, and Research Process

Made in collaboration with the Class of 2019

Research Process



Research Process Overview (From: Johnson and Wales University)

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Selecting a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
Find Books | Find Videos | Find Articles | Find Websites | Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources 
Evaluate Sources | Primary v Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information 
Notetaking | Paraphrasing

Step 5. Complies with legal, ethical and moral standards 
Plagiarism | MLA Citation Style | Works Cited Examples | Copyright

View the following Prezi (created by Christine Gudowski and made available for educators) for an introduction to the Big6 and the research process.