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Sociology

Introduction to the Field of Sociology

Research Process Overview

Generally, you move from one step to the next in your research. However, research is a dynamic process, and there may be times when you need to change direction. That's why they call it "re-search": you search and search again. Like writing, it's seldom once and done. And just like writing, it gets easier the more you do it.

Research Steps Simplified:

Step 1. Choose and develop a topic

Step 2. Locate information

Step 3. Analyze and evalutate information and sources

Step 4. Use, organize, and communicate information

Step 5. Cite sources

Where do I start?

Need ideas?

Page through your textbook index, paying attention to topics and people who interest you. Try an online reference collection like Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library. Another good place to look for ideas is the Idea Generator.

 

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