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Research Process
The Research Process


So you just got assigned a research project ... How do you know where to begin? Research projects, essays, or anything that requires citing sources can be intimidating, but we are here to help.

Your job is to stay calm, know you can do it, hang in there and go step by step!

The Research Process Calculator is a handy free tool offered by Minitex -- it can help you plan your project and let you know the steps that you should be taking along the way. 

Click Basic Steps in the Research Process


Essential Question

When you're writing your essential question, it's important to choose something that interests you. While you have to work within the framework of your assignment, try to find a way to incorporate something of personal interest -- it makes research the research process go much more smoothly! Here's a great guide to developing research questions -- it can help you get started when you're beginning your brainstorming session. 

Brainstorming, or mind mapping, can be very helpful when you're at the beginning stages of the research process. There are lots of tools out there to help you, and Mashable has created a really useful list of resources (many of them free).


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Sample Mind Map
Here is a sample mind map (created very quickly using It's a great way to get your brain working when you're assigned a research project!