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The Research Process (How to do Research)

The following steps can be used to find information for class assignments and research projects.

Contact the Library


Jean Burr Smith Library
Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Road

Middletown, CT 06457



This guide is intended to familiarize students with the major steps of the research process:

  1. Choose a Topic
  2. Plan Your Search
  3. Find Information (Books & Videos, Articles, Websites)
  4. Use Information Ethically

Keep in mind that during the process you may need to revisit steps in order to refine your topic and/or results so Start Early! Check out some useful planning tools at Help with your Research, such as the Planning Worksheet and Assignment Calculator.

Getting Started

Tutorials from the University of California at Irvine Library.