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COMM 324mw: Research Process

Intercultural Communication

Research Process Overview

The research process typically includes five broad steps. Most often you complete one step before moving onto the next. However, there may be times when you will need to return to a previous step or complete multiple steps simultaneously.

Step 1. Develop a topic
Selecting a Topic | Develop Research Questions | Identify Keywords | Find Background Information | Refine a Topic

Step 2. Locate information
 Books | Databases | Websites | Search Strategies

Step 3. Evaluate and analyze information and sources
Evaluate Sources | Primary v Secondary Sources | Types of Periodicals

Step 4. Use, organize and communicate information
Notetaking | Paraphrasing

Step 5. Comply with legal, ethical and moral standards
Plagiarism |Citation Style | Works Cited Examples

Guide adapted from Lori Micho

J&W Denver Campus Library, LibGuide, The Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide

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