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The Research Process

Scholarly research provides you with an opportunity to get curious about a topic, discover what professionals in the field have already learned, and share what you've learned with others.

The Research Process includes these steps:

  • Choose a Topic

  • Identify your Question

  • Understand Sources

  • Search for Information

  • Evaluate Sources

  • Organize Information

   Navigate through the interactive tutorial below to learn more.   

Research by Krystal Pederson


The Research Process doesn't need to be overwhelming if you have the right tools in your kit. Below, find links from the tutorial and additional helpful resources. 

 Choose a Topic and Identify your Question

 Understand Sources and Search for Information

  • Research Databases/ Subject Guides: Databases/Scholarly content curated by Mears librarians

  • Google Scholar: Find Full Text articles at Mears along with citations for resources you can request using ILL. Full text articles are linked in the right column and articles from USF are denoted as Find @ Mears Library. Use your MyUSF credentials for access. On campus, this integration is already set up! For off campus users, its easy to link to Mears library. In Google Scholar:

    • Open the menu on the top left corner and navigate to Library Links

    • If only WorldCat is selected, type University of Sioux Falls in the search box and select the additional options. 

  • Understanding Terms for Scholarly Research: Definitions for common research terms

  • Using limiters to refine your search: Learn how to retrieve refined results

  • Searching with Boolean Operators: Narrow, broadon or exclude using And, Or, and Not

 Evaluate Sources

 Organize Information