This guide provides a useful framework for the research process. It helps students to better understand their information needs and to distinguish among sources so that they can compose solid academic papers. For additional information on this topic, go to OWL's "Conducting Research" page.
Research is a process with many similarities to the writing process. As such, it is makes sense to work through some basic questions before you begin seeking out information. The following questions will assist you with framing your research question and conducting your search. They will also help ensure that you satisfy your audience. By considering all of your answers to these questions, you may better conceptualize your information need and pursue your research with confidence.
You may also wish to ask yourself some additional questions before you start and revisit them throughout your research.