Learn to Research in 5 Easy Steps

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What's in this Guide

This Learn to Research Guide consists of five modules (one for each of the easy steps!). Each one takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All of the modules include:

  • A list of key concepts and skills you should learn
  • Main text and video tutorials

To get started, watch the What is Research video and then click on the Step 1: Start Smart tab on the left.

Main Points to Remember

Main Points to Remember:

  • Research is combining what you know and think with what others have to say and then filtering all that information into an answer to your question.
  • Research is a journey to find people, or sources, who have information that can answer your questions.
  • Sources help you shape what you think.
  • Sources have an agenda.
  • Consult multiple sources.
  • A research paper is a map of all the sources you consulted to develop an answer to your question.


Some content was used with permission from Green River Community College Library and Johnson & Wales University Library  Many thanks for sharing!

What is Research?

Mr. Beck's World. "What is Research?".  YouTube. 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 6 May 2016.  http://youtu.be/rqR4XC6_wKQ  Closed Captioned version.

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