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Introduction to Research Skills
How to Use this Guide
The thought of academic research can be intimidating, but the process can be simplified by breaking down your research into a series of steps. This Introduction to Research Skills guide will walk you through the basics of academic research, providing tips and suggestions for each stage of the research process. In total, the guide consists of 6 main sections, each of which are listed in the Guide Contents below. Please note that 3 sections have subpages that provide additional context and resources. You can navigate the guide by using the tabs at the top of this screen, or by clicking the "Next" button at the bottom right of each page.
Develop a Research Question
This page introduces strategies for how to develop a topic into a research question.
Choose the Right Search Tool
This page introduces the importance of choosing the right search tool.
Form a Search Strategy
This section of the guide explains how to use your research question to develop keywords for your search. The "Search Tips" subpage explains the different search features that you can use to search a database.
Evaluate Your Sources
The Evaluate Your Source page introduces the important step of source evaluation. There are three subpages: "Evaluating Library Resources," Evaluating Outside Resources," and "Recognizing Different Kinds of Sources."
Cite Your Sources
This section introduces the importance of citing your sources and provides tips on how to avoid plagiarism. It contains three subpages: "Basics of APA Style," "Basic of MLA Style," and "Basic of Chicago Style."
Need More Help?
This page provides a list of additional resources that are available to CMU students.
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