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The Research Process

Instruction and Reference Librarian

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Craig Varley
Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University
36 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Room 322
Subjects: Public Health

The Research Process

The Research Process is a systematic process of conducting research broken down into seven simples steps.

Use this guide to help you with the major steps of the Research Process, which are:

  1. Identify and develop your topic.
  2. Find background information on your topic & plan your search.
  3. Find books and media on your topic using the catalog.
  4. Find periodical articles from our print collection and the library databases.
  5. Find credible Web sources.
  6. Evaluate the sources you find.
  7. Cite the sources/information you use.

Keep in mind that during the process you may need to revisit steps in order to refine your topic and/or results.

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