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Researching like a scholar

1. Locate peer-reviewed articles from your field.

Start with the tabs on the left side of guide.  

2. Track your research process.

One calculated search cannot return all of the results you need. Instead, you will need to explore each topic area on its own and then in combination with each other. If you don't have a record-keeping system, you are going to lose track of what you have and haven't done. For this step, use a spreadsheet to keep a log, save citations of relevant articles to RefWorks, or use your own way of tracking. 

3. Remember, research isn't linear.

As you do research, you will learn new information. It's okay (and recommended) to reconsider and make changes to your research strategy. The topics that end up in your literature review may not be the exact ones you set out to research. With this in mind, make sure to check in with your professor if you have any topic-related questions or concerns for this project. 

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