The Research Process: Quick Guide
Introduce the steps of the research process and lead a discussion comparing it to the writing process. Both are flexible and recursive, with movement back and forth. Preliminary research (step 2) may spark a new guiding question (step 1); advanced research (step 5) may lead to a new thesis or new research questions (steps 3 and 4); a promising source may turn out to be untrustworthy (step 6), making new research necessary (step 5). The research process allows for plenty of movement among the steps, but each step requires focus.
Let students know that this chapter and the chapters to come in the Research Center explore each step in much greater detail, including strategies and guidelines for completing each one.