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How to Do Research

A general process for doing research at the college level.

Step 4

In-Depth Research

Now is when you really start digging into the articles you’ve chosen. This is when you read beyond the abstracts. As you read the articles, look for information that relates to your topic. Not there? Move on to the next article. You’ll find some of the articles don’t really fit what you’re doing. DON’T force it. If you selected more articles than you needed, you can just move on to one of your other articles.

If none of the articles contain the information you’re seeking, the terms may not have been a perfect fit. That’s okay. Go back into the databases and try again. Use some of the new terminology you’ve found in your reading. Ask a librarian for help. Sometimes the information doesn’t exist, but it never hurts to ask for help.