Choose a topic
Consider an area of personal interest.
Understand the assignment
Review the format and writing style your instructor expects.
Get an overview
Look at encyclopedias, directories and other reference sources. Websites, textbooks and class notes are also a good place to start your research.
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Develop a research question
Describe your research goal in the form of a statement or question. The answer to your research question will become your main argument or thesis.
How can you protect your
personal information online?
In addition to the resources listed here, further information and tips are available through Durham College's Student Academic Learning Services (SALS).
Visit the Research module in The Learning Portal to learn about research, copyright, academic honesty, and citation, and to access virtual research help.
Watch the intro to the Research hub.
Getting Started (03:10)
From Effective Internet Search: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies. Films Media Group, 2011. Films On Demand. Web.