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What is research?

Research is a systematic process of asking educated questions, finding sources that help you answer those questions, and using those sources wisely to come to your own conclusions.

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Each step in the process is covered by a module:

  • Forming a research question
  • Planning for research
  • Finding sources
  • Evaluating sources
  • Putting sources together
  • Citing your sources

The tutorial also includes modules on: 

  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright.

People who conduct research improve themselves by advancing their own understanding of the world. More importantly, they improve society by advancing knowledge and adding perspectives to our culture and scholarship. The medicine, smartphones, foods, cars, novels, music, and arts we have today, all came about because of research.