Make sure you understand what is required. Read your assignment carefully and talk with your instructor if you need clarification. Think about how much time and other resources you have and need to complete all parts of the research assignment within the course timetable.
Step 1: Select a topic area. See the "Selecting and focusing your research topic" tab at left for suggestions on choosing a topic, narrowing your focus, and developing a thesis statement or research question.
Step 2: Do a literature review. The "Literature Review" tab will link you to helpful resources for planning a search and organizing your results. The "Start Searching" tab gives some examples for using article databases effectively.
Step 3: Doing primary research (for those students required to do so). Check the "Doing primary research" tab for resources on creating surveys, finding tests, designing studies, etc.
Step 4: Present your results. The "Writing & Citing" tab brings together resources for writing the paper, citing your sources, and avoiding plagiarism. The "Presentation skills" tab will help you create effective visual aids and deliver a professional presentation.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the purpose of a dissertation or thesis and the steps to complete and submit your work.
These guidelines were created by the Webster University Office of Academic Affairs and approved by Webster University Graduate Council. This current version is from 2018.
Watch specific topics in this video
|Tip #1 Topic selection and brainstorming: Consider your assignment||1:34|
|Tip #2 Narrow your topic: General searches and organization||7:12|
|Tip #3 Formulate research question and ask yourself questions||13:05|
|Tip #4 Working thesis: The main idea, the argument, and idea supporting the argument||16:50|
|Tip #5 Strengthen your argument: Use what others have written about your topic||19:47|
|Tip #6 Searching library databases||20:54|
|Tip #7 How to organize and cite articles in databases||25:00|
|Tip #8 More searches: Broaden and/or focus your results||26:33|
|Tip #9 Writing the body: Audience, tone, objectivity||27:52|
|Tip #10 Contact information for help||35:52|
Visit our Library Training, Tutorials & Webinars page to see tutorials that will sharpen your research skills and offer helpful guidance in doing a capstone, thesis or advanced research project. Recorded webinars may be watched at your convenience. Live webinars offer an interactive experience with Webster U. librarians present to answer your questions.
The Research Cycle is a circular process with the goal of identifying relevant and useful results. The pieces of the process are:
When you complete these steps you will need to evaluate your results. Depending on your assignment you may need to refine or change your question and begin the process again.
CMST 101: Introduction to Communications, Marian Lyles: Intro to Research. Seattle Central College Library. Seattle Central College. 10 Feb. 2016. Web. 16 Jun 2016.