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: Conduct your research (for those students required to do so). Check the "Conducting 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.
Watch specific topics on 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|
CMST 101: Introduction to Communications, Marian Lyles: Intro to Research. Seattle Central College Library. Seattle Central College. 10 Feb. 2016. Web. 16 Jun 2016.
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.