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Research Process: Intro to Research

Why do research?

So, why is research important and how can it help me?

In everyday life, research can help you in a variety of ways, from finding the best restaurants in a particular area to figuring out which kind of vehicle best meets your family's needs. 

Research is also important in college for a number of reasons, such as:  

  • Researching a topic and citing where you get your information makes your paper more credible since it shows you are backing up your thoughts with expert information.
  • Research increases your knowledge by giving you a more well-rounded view of a topic than you might have otherwise.
  • Research prevents accidental plagiarism, which can happen if someone takes credit for an idea that somebody else has already had.

Adapted from "Why is research important when writing a paper?"

Research Process Videos


Welcome to UA-PTC Libraries' guide to the Research Process.  Here you will find a variety of information and tools that will guide you through the process of doing research. 

If you have any questions, you can use our Ask a Librarian service or contact us by using the information listed under our profile.


                                "Mrs. Edith S. Hampton, of Chicago, Illinois...." accessed via ARTstor

The Research Process Steps

Six Step Research Process

  1. Find a topic.
  2. Gather information.
  3. Evaluate what you have.
  4. Organize Information.
  5. Cite your sources properly.
  6. Present your research.

From the Six Step Research Process by Tulsa Community College Library. 

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