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The Research Process

Is research a linear process or should it be thought of differently?

Bill Marino

on 1 February 2013

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Transcript of The Research Process

We often think of research as... Research is not linear Checkpoint # 1: Base Camp
Pose a question Checkpoint # 2
Select the proper tool to answer your question Checkpoint #3
Figure out how to ask your question to receive the desired results Checkpoint #4:
Ask the question Checkpoint # 5:
Evaluate the results The Summit:
Incorporate the best answer to fulfill your need We take carefully measured ingredients (search terms), put them together, place them in the oven (database) and a few minutes later come up with... When, in actuality, we often get... It's better to think of research as... Climbing a mountain All research answers a question From: Which restaurant should we try for dinner tonight? To: How is ocean warming affecting the population of sea lions in the arctic? Is your question merely a fact-check easily answered with a Google search?
Or... Does your question require a specialized library database? Is it... As you approach the summit, sometimes you'll hit storms that may drive you back down the mountain. Likewise, as you evaluate material to see if it answers your question, you often have to go back a few steps and revise. You may have to repeat the process multiple times, however, with persistence, each attempt will bring you closer and closer to the answer... There are switchbacks, storms and dead ends that may be encountered on your ascent. ... a cooking show. Sometimes, you'll reach a dead end and have to start over, choosing a new path. Or... References:
1. Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M.
(2008). The craft of research (3rd ed.). Chicago:
University of Chicago Press.

2. Creedy, J. (2008). Research without tears: from the
first ideas to published output. Cheltenham, UK;
Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub. By:
Bill Marino
Online Learning Librarian
Eastern Michigan University
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