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Research Skills for WRT 101 & 102: Tutorials and Search Journeys

The videos and other resources on this guide are designed to help you learn more about the research process. Learn about how to refine your topic, structure an effective search, use a database record, search on the open web, cite your sources, and more.

Introduction: Your Research Process

What is your research process? Writing a research paper is time consuming, challenging, and messy. As soon as you think you are headed in the right direction, you might read something that changes your mind about your topic, your argument, or both. Research and writing processes inform each other and impact how you understand, analyze, and communicate your perspective on an issue. Progress can feel slow, but all the work you do helps to support your progress on a final product. The resources in this guide are designed to help direct and support you as you try out different ways to search for and evaluate information. Ultimately, your search journey will be your own, but these materials might help inform your path to a research paper you can feel good about.