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Research Process

A general guide through the process of writing a researched paper or putting together a project that involves background research.

Research Process Overview

This is a general guide to start you on the research path for your researched paper or assignment.  While research is usually a more iterative process, rather than a linear process as outlined here, this guide provides a general path. It is common to move back and forth through some of these steps as you uncover more resources and re-think the topic and the lens through which you are exploring your topic or research question. If you have any suggestions for additions to this guide, or questions, please contact one of us as noted below.

Ask A Librarian

Need help finding articles for a project? Can't find the statistics you need for your report? Do you need the latest books on your topic? Ask a Librarian. We can help. 

You can contact us by one of the following ways:

  • By Appointment - Schedule an appointment to discuss your project with your subject librarian.  These consultations can be brief (15 minutes or less) or lengthy (up to an hour). Consultations give you the chance to work one-on-one with a librarian to find, understand, and cite the best sources for your project.  
  • By Email - Contact us using the Ask a Question form or email your subject librarian.
  • By Drop-In Visit - Librarians staff the Research Station in the Learning Commons.  Our drop-in hours are Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm during the Fall and Spring semesters. If a librarian is not available, email us to ask a question or set up an appointment. Or, you can fill out the pink referral form to give to the Commons Greeter.  The Greeter will get your form to a librarian when we return. 
  • By Phone - Call the Research Station at 210-436-3508.

Subject Specialists

You can schedule a research appointments with a librarian by following the links below.  

Use the librarian's appointment calendar link if available. Otherwise, please contact your subject librarian by email to set up an appointment.

Questions? Ask Us


Research Librarians