The research process can be daunting. Where do you start? Everyone develops and refines their own strategies and processes based on what makes the most sense to them. Generally speaking, research is an iterative process - research questions may evolve as you dive into the scholarly literature or explore how your topic is currently framed in the news. Or if your project involves collecting data (in interviews or from questionnaires, for example), your literature review may take different shapes as you analyze the data for prominent themes.
Below are a few of my tips and strategies to get started and stay organized. UCI Libraries also has a few self-paced tutorials to stimulate your thinking and support you as you work through your research process.
Google Scholar searches for scholarly literature in a simple, familiar way. You can search across many disciplines and sources at once to find articles, books, theses, court opinions, and content from academic publishers, professional societies, some academic web sites, and more.
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When you find a promising resource, try the following strategies to find additional material:
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