IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

The Research Model PuzzleThe Research Process

What does it mean to say research is a process?

Whether you are seeking existing information or exploring new or complex questions, research builds on knowledge and information that others have created.

Locating and using information from all types of sources is the core of the research process. You may not always be aware of it, but whatever question you’re asking or problem you’re solving, you can break it into a series of phases.

A puzzle is one way to visualize the phases. Each interconnected phase represents a piece of the whole puzzle. If one piece is missing, the puzzle is incomplete. When you’re working on something new, the puzzle can help you focus on the important parts of the process.

As you learn more about your research options and the topic itself, you may return to some phases to do more work: the more you know, the more questions you can ask.

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After completing this tutorial, you will:

  • be able to identify the phases of the research process
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updated: 21/1/11