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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.

Explore the Topic

Use these tools and databases to explore your topic. While you may have a preliminary thesis statement, keep your search broader at this point:

  • Research Starters is a feature in Discover that provides links to citable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. When a user conducts a search in Discover, a Research Starter may appear at the top of the Result List.  For those topics identified as most popular, Research Starters will retrieve relevant articles that link the user to related information and detailed bibliographies. See the Discovering Discover guide for more information about Research Starters.

Research Starters (1)

When a user conducts a search in Discover, a Research Starter may appear at the top of the Result List. 

Research Starter appears at top of list of search results from Discover.

Research Starters (2)

Detailed view of a Research Starter entry.

Detail of a Research Starter.

TOPICsearch database search screen

Advanced Search options in the TOPICsearch database.

Advanced Search options in the Topic Search database.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) - Topic Finder

Topic Finder search screen in GVRL.