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COMM 100 Research

College level research is creating new information, not summarizing others' research.

Your Research Plan

Step 1: Define Topic
Clarify what you're trying to achieve or find out (narrow topic, thesis statement).

Step 2: Identify Objectives
Think about research objectives. What is your end goal? How will you get there? What sources could provide the information you need?
Helps focus your scope to keep you on the path.

Step 3: Choose the Right Research Method
What methods you use will depend on your topic and goals.

  1. Understand the assignment and select topic
  2. Find background information in reference resources/do a literature review
  3. Use catalogs to find books, databases to find articles
  4. Evaluate what you find, review progress

Step 4: Start searching!