Research is a life skill that you use every day inside the classroom and out. Which car should I buy? What major should I choose? Should I have this surgery? The same modes of research apply in your coursework when writing papers, presentations, discussion posts, and more. It is crucial to know how to navigate through this process, and in doing so, you will gain lifelong skills of information literacy.
The details for each step of the research process vary depending on the topic, available resources, and assignment or research goal, but the main idea behind each step always remains the same. By developing a research strategy, you are better able to focus on your topic, organize your search, manage your time efficiently, progress from general to specific resources, and understand when you have researched your topic thoroughly or if further examination is needed.
Remember, the research process takes time and effort. You should not expect to complete all of these steps in only a few hours; in fact, library research for a dissertation often takes years. By thoughtfully approaching your assignment you will be able to pick a reasonable topic, research it thoroughly, and compose an organized piece of scholarly research.