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ENG 111

A guide to library based research for students in English 111 courses at Central Carolina Community College.

The Research Process

Research is not a straight path...

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Research is challenging.  You may have to repeat every step in the process a few times.  Don't get frustrated if your first topic turns out to be too broad, or if your early searches don't turn up any information.  By starting out with a plan, and keeping a Librarian on call, you can avoid frustration.

 

 

 

 


Thought Bubble Icon1. Think of a topic link will open in a new window

Your topic may change as you conduct research.  Don't be afraid to revisit it!


Open Book Icon2. Develop your search strategy link will open in a new window

Before you start searching in library resources, make sure you know what to search for, where, and how!


Documents Icon3. Find resources and information link will open in a new window

Locate scholarly articles and books on your topic.  Going through the Library to do this will make your life easier!


Check List Icon4. Evaluate link will open in a new window 

Make sure the articles you find are: current, relevant to your topic, written by an expert author and for a scholarly audience, and written for the purpose of furthering the scholarly conversation (not for personal or financial gain).


Quotation Mark Icon5.Cite it! link will open in a new window

Determine how each article or book sheds new light on your topic.  What information do you learn from each resource that you didn't have before?

 

Library Lingo

Magnifying Glass IconResearch: The process of gathering information that can serve as evidence to back up your argument.  Good research may not confirm what you think you know about your topic when you start out.  

 

Help!

Need a little extra help?

Contact your librarian. 

Or use the links below to get more in-depth help and information.