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Get Your Research Started: The Basic Steps: Define

Getting Started

To get started, you need to do three things:

  1. Choose a topic to research.
     
  2. Do background research on that topic.
     
  3. Produce a research question to base your paper on.
    Pro tip! Answering this research question will help develop your thesis.

 

Why use a Research Strategy?

  • Provides a strategic plan for your research effort
     
  • Keeps you on-topic and focused on finding answers to your research question
     
  • Helps you build your knowledge with solid background information before moving into the more detailed, issue-specific literature
     
  • Reminds you to cite your sources correctly
     
  • Helps you to critically evaluate your sources