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Choosing a Topic

This guide will help you get started on your research topic and help you visualize the research process.

Identifying Your Role as a Researcher

The first step in the research process is to identify your role as a researcher. 

Your voice should reflect the investigative nature of your work, so try to display your knowledge. Your instructors will give you credit for using the sources in your paper. Your role is to investigate, explain, defend, and argue the issue at hand. 

  1. Establish a Purpose: 
    • Research papers; explain, analyze, and persuade-- often in the same paper. 
      • Explanatory Purpose 
      • Analytical Purpose 
      • Persuasive Purpose 

Contact a Librarian if You feel you can't locate what you are looking forSchedule a Research Appointment

Research Help

Drop-In anytime during our Library Hours (We are closed Sundays and School Holidays) 

  • The Librarians at the Reference Desk help students with research and bibliographic citations and with searching the databases and Internet sites. 
  • Feel free to call us at our ext. 2406


Schedule a Research Appointment​ 

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