This Research Guide is your tutorial for ENG 200. In this tutorial we will build on what you have learned in ENG 111 and will also teach you how to do more advanced research.
The research strategies you learn in this course can be applied to your other Meredith courses and in your career. These research skills will keep you going strong as a student and beyond!
Here are the questions that you should be able to answer after completing the Information Literacy unit. Use this as a guide as you review the tutorial.
Academic research is a process that can be multidisciplinary and will take time to execute. Your topic may change as you learn more about it -- you'll most likely broaden or narrow topic before you're finished. Your research topic may even change completely, so you will need to stay open minded as you research. You also should think of research as an investigative process and you as the investigator.
Here are some steps to help you get you started with your research:
1. Analyze the assignment so you know what you are expected to accomplish.
2. Identify a preliminary topic and develop a preliminary research question. (Note: A research question CANNOT be answered with a yes or no).
3. Search for information about your topic.
4. Write a research question or a thesis.
5. Incorporate the information you have found into your paper.
Here is some help with navigating this guide:
7) Find books
Carlyle Campbell Library would like to thank Lynne Bisko, Non-print Librarian at Elon University. While we did not directly copy her work, the structure and many of the ideas contained in this tutorial are Lynne's work.