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GENS 279 - Indianapolis

General studies capstone

Research Process

Identify Topic

Identify Topic

  • Choose a topic and then narrow it down to a more specific research question
  • Well defined topics generate focus results, making it easier to choose the most results
  • Topics that are too broad yield messy search results and lead to more work

Develop Research Strategy

Develop Research Strategy

  • A research strategy is your game plan
  • A game plan focuses your research on the most likely sources and search terms
  • Without a game plan it is easy to get frustrate randomly approaching your research. 

Explore Resources

Explore Resources

  • Exploring a variety of sources
  • Use different types of resources
  • Make research more interesting

Assess Results

Assess Results

  • Choosing the most relevant results will help you answer your research questions.
  • Select results and are current and reputable. 
  • Make sure resources meet the criteria for your assignment.