THE RESEARCH PROCESS: AN OVERVIEW
STEP 1: Formulate your initial research question.
STEP 2: Get background information on your topic.
STEP 3: Refine your research question/research topic based on what you have learned.
STEP 4: Consider your resource options: books, articles, websites, primary source documents, data sets, etc.
STEP 5: Select and use the appropriate tools to identify the resources you need to answer your question.
STEP 6: Formulate searching strategies using keywords, standardized vocabulary within the discipline, standardized subject headings, etc.
STEP 7: Locate your resources.
STEP 8: Evaluate your resources.
STEP 9: Organize and write.
STEP 10: Cite your work/compose your bibliography