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Research Process

Writing a research paper is a process that can be broken into steps. You should first have a general topic in mind (your instructor may assign it) and a possible thesis statement. You’ll need to think of all the terms or keywords that might be associated with that topic. Then you can begin to search the library catalog and databases for supporting material. The following sites will help you understand the entire research process from beginning to the completed paper.

Research Topics- List of possible topics (PDF)
Writing Tips: Thesis Statements – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Information Literacy Skills: Organizing & Synthesizing Information: Note Taking – Eugene School District (Oregon)
Glossary of Research Terms – Diana Hacker
LC A-Z - Library of Congress Classification System (PDF)

Basic Steps in the Research Process – Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Writing a Research Paper - Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Steps to Writing a Research Paper - Rio Salado College
Information Literacy Tutorial – Five Colleges of Ohio

Types of Information - List of different types of information sources (PDF)

PTC Publication Timeline - Breakdown of how long it takes for different types of resources to report on a topic (PDF)

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