Research Resources

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  1. First Things
  2. What is Research?
  3. Start on the Web?
  4. Encyclopedias
  5. Books
  6. Magazines & Journals
  7. Audio-Visual
  8. Web Resources
  9. Review
  10. Self-Quiz
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Last revised 2/8/06


    Choosing Research Resources

    What is research?

    • Research is the process of seeking, obtaining and understanding information.

      • According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary...

        • "Research: (1): careful or diligent search (2): studious inquiry or examination; especially : investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws (3): the collecting of information about a particular subject"

      • Research is an important component of your education.

        • The research process helps you understand how information is organized. By doing research in your major field you'll understand how to find information you need at work to successfully do your job.
        • Research helps teach critical thinking. Critical thinking is evaluating and analyzing information rather than just accepting what you see, hear and read at face value