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What's Your Research Strategy?
Developing a research strategy can help you find relevant sources more effectively and efficiently:
- What is the question you are trying to answer?
- Do you need to find background information just to get started?
- What kinds of sources do you need to find to back up your arguments?
- How might articles or books you have used in this course lead you to other relevant sources?
- Where will you search for scholarly sources? How will you search?
- How might you save time when deciding if a source is relevant to your topic?
- What other kinds of sources, besides traditional scholarship might you draw from?
- How will you critically evaluate the sources you find to determine their credibility?
- If you don't find exactly what you are looking for, what might this indicate?
- Do you need to refine your question?
The Research Process
Oftentimes, the hardest part of a research projects is choosing and narrowing in on your topic. From there, it is important to understand that the research process is not linear: