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COMM 290: Communication Problems and Research

Katie Turkiewicz
Research Process Overview

How to get started on the research process

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  1. Choose a topic! What do you want to learn more about? Choose something you find interesting.
  2. Create a list of keywords. Find synonyms and create a word bank.
  3. Do some background research on your topic. Use an encyclopedia or a quality website to find more keywords to help your search.
  4. Decide on the type of information you want to use. Books? Journal articles? Websites?
  5. Use Search@UW to locate resources. Use your word bank to perform several searches to find the most relevant information.
  6. Evaluate your resources using the CAARP method: Currency, Authority, Accuracy, Relevance, and Purpose.
  7. Incorporate your resources into your paper or project to support your ideas.
  8. Review your research for any gaps or missing information.
  9. Cite your sources using your assigned citation style (MLA, APA, or Chicago).

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