- Define and articulate a research question (formulate a research hypothesis).
How to Write a Thesis Statement (Indiana University)
- Identify possible sources of information in many types and formats.
Georgetown University Library’s Guides to Resources by Subject
- Judge the scope of the project.
- Reevaluate the research question based on the nature and extent of information available and the parameters of the research project.
- Select the most appropriate investigative methods (surveys, interviews, experiments) and research tools (periodical indexes, databases, websites).
- Plan the research project.
Overcoming Procrastination (University of Illinois)
- Retrieve information using a variety of methods (draw on a repertoire of skills).
- Refine the search strategy as necessary.
- Write and organize useful notes and keep track of sources.
Taking Notes from Research Reading (University of Toronto)
- Evaluate sources using appropriate criteria.
Evaluating Internet Sources
- Synthesize, analyze and integrate information sources and prior knowledge.
Georgetown University Writing Center
- Revise hypothesis as necessary.
- Use information effectively for a specific purpose.
- Understand such issues as plagiarism, ownership of information (implications of copyright to some extent), and costs of information.
Georgetown University Honor Council
Copyright Basics from the Library of Congress
Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It from Indiana University
- Cite properly and give credit for sources of ideas.
MLA Bibliographic Form
Turabian Bibliographic Form: Footnote/Endnote
Turabian Bibliographic Form: Parenthetical Reference