Research Process Mind Map

Research Process
Select Topic
Formulate Thesis
Statement
Formulate Search
Strategy
Conduct Search & Evaluate
Results
Consult a guide on how to
select a topic, if needed
Choose broad topic area
Conduct background reading on topic in order to narrow it down
Encylopedias
Other reference books
Websites
Narrow topic down
Determine essential concepts
Brainstorm synonyms
Formulate search statement (ANDs, ORs)
Executive search in
chosen database(s)
Look at results, emails, print,
download articles of interest
Revise search strategy if needed
IF using websites, evaluate each
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