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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

composed photo of Blume Library librariansNeed 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. Here are some additional ways we can help you: 

  • Help create a research problem statement

  • Identify related terms and concepts

  • Develop effective search strategies

  • Identify appropriate tools and resources to explore the research problem

  • Efficiently and effectively use research tools

  • Evaluate potential resources

  • Define the type of information needed to address the research problem

  • Locate data or appropriate information needed

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. Currently these appointments can be held via Zoom.
  • By Email - Contact us using the Ask a Question form or email your subject librarian.
  • 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.  

Questions? Ask Us


Research Librarians