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ENGL 401A - First Year Writing (UNH Manchester): Research: Where Do I Begin?

Research: Where Do I Begin?

Before you begin your research, you should ask yourself some questions. These will help narrow your search parameters.

What kind of information are you looking for?

Do you want facts? Opinions? News reports? Research studies? Analyses? Personal reflections? History?

Where would be a likely place to look?

Which sources are likely to be most useful to you? Libraries? The Internet? Books? Academic periodicals? Newspapers? Government records?

Research happens in steps...

First step is finding background information. What is this topic about?

Second step is gather facts and current event information.

Third step is diving deeper into trends, analysis, and themes.

How much information do you need?

How many sources of information are you looking for? Do you need to view both sides of the issue?

Adapted from The OWL at Purdue

Scholarship is a Conversation

University of Washington Libraries. (2016, March 15). Research 101: Scholarship is a conversation [Video file]. Retrieved from

Information Cycle

Portland State University Library. (2012, August 15). The information cycle [Video file]. Retrieved from