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LDRS501: Research

Building a Research Strategy

A. Pick a Topic

  • Choose a topic relevant to the class/project
  • If possible, pick something of interest to you

B. Background Information

  • Search reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.) for background information
  • Try to find key terms, researchers, methods, etc.

C. Refine Topic

  • Determine if you need to narrow or broaden your topic

D. Develop a Search Plan

  • What are the key concepts of your topic?
  • Where will you search? Databases, Government Sources, Books, Personal Interviews, etc.?

E. Evaluate Sources

  • Is the author/source reliable?
  • Is the source current?
  • Is the source/information relevant to your topic?
  • Is it peer-reviewed?

F. Cite Sources

  • Use the appropriate citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, ect.)
  • Collect and organize your citations as you research