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Political Science

Research Process Overview

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 ExamplesCopyright

Research Resources

Research Consultations

Work with a research librarian to:
  • brainstorm about a paper topic
  • develop a research strategy
  • learn to find and how to use relevant resources.
  • work on any research-related question, problem, or skill.
  • learn about citing in various output styles. 

Hour-long sessions by appointment


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