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A Guide to Starting Your Research Project

Students describe how they feel about research: fear, angst, tired, dread,excited, annoyed, stressed, disgusted, intrigued, confused, & overwhelmed

Can you relate as you start on your research project? 

Research is exciting and frustrating - and that's okay! It's okay to feel overwhelmed while you're starting your project. But you don't have to stay that way. 

This guide will help you:

It's okay to take a break, a deep breath, a walk outside - whatever you need to clear your head. Keep track of what you did: keywords used and new ones found, databases you searched in, articles of interest, experts on your topic, etc. This will help you save time and be more efficient. 

Research Methods

If you want to learn more about the research process, check out some of these titles. 

You can find similar titles in Library General Search using the following keywords or phrases: 

  • "Research Methodology"
  • "Technical Writing"
  • "Research Handbooks, manuals, etc."
  • "Report Writing"

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