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Technology: Getting Started

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Getting Started

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Research is a process with many steps. The funny thing is, it isn't always a straight-line process. Your understanding may change and you'll revisit earlier steps. This doesn't mean your earlier work was wrong or a waste of time. Far from it. It means your exploration is progressing. Following new clues and leads as you find them will deepen your knowledge. You may be surprised where you end up.

Analyzing Your Research Objectives

The first step in research is to analyze your own research objectives. This crucial step will help you to find the information you need more quickly and efficiently.

When doing your analysis you should identify keywords that:

  • Describe your research topic, such as descriptive nouns, phrases, and synonyms.

  • Broaden, narrow, or relate to your topic

Also think about:

  • What information you need to have to answer your research question.

  • Who might already have the information.

  • Where the information might exist.

  • In what form (book, article, website, etc.) the information might exist.

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Survey the Background

Where do professional librarians start their research? With the background.

We recommend it. Before all else, get a basic understanding of the main issues, components, developments, and terminology related to your area of interest by scanning articles from:

Look for what sparks your interest, especially if it has relevance to your own life.

Write down important:

  • Terminology and synonyms
  • Names of people, places, and events

These words are the keys to finding articles, books, videos, experts, and other sources of information to answer your research questions.

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