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This guide will help you through the beginning stages of researching your essay, paper or thesis.
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The Research Cycle

  1. Plan how you will tackle the research.
  2. Identify possible resources to use such as: journal articles, books, newspaper articles, or websites.
  3. Locate resources in the library and online.
  4. Evaluate the resources you have found critically.
  5. Document the details of the resources you use.
 

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If you are a graduate student or staff member, you can book a research consultation.

 

The Research Cycle

Beginning Research Libguide

Welcome to the Beginning Research guide for students at the University of Melbourne. This guide will help you through the research process.

    An diagram of the 5 steps in the research cycle.

Use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate through the guide.

 

Repeating the Research Cycle

You may need to revisit some of the steps as you complete your research.

For example:

  • After locating some resources and reading about your topic, you may think of better search terms to use.
  • You may find a list of references in resources you have located and use these to locate more resources.
  • Once you start planning the outline of your project, you may find gaps in your research and identify more resources to fill the gap.

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