Research is a process that requires patience and thought. There is no check list to make certain you have exhausted every resource and found the best research. There are steps you must take:
1. Determine the problem & define the question to answer
The first step for any research project is to formulate a question you want to answer. Being clear on the question makes it easier to formulate a research strategy for finding the best information about this question.
When starting your research you may or may not have a clear question but by starting with an idea and formulating this idea into a question you will be able to review the literature that have been written on this topic which will likely help you to refine and narrow your questions or give you ideas for new research questions you may not have though about previously.
2. Searching Strategy.
Breaking your topic or research question into keywords the Pull out the words that indicate the main concepts of your topic.
3. Find general background about your research topic.
Start your research with general background resources (Ex: Handbook, textbook and newspaper). This will help you to become familiar with the research history in the area related to your problem/question. Reading general background also helps you Knowing the words experts you will use when you begin searching for information in books and scholarly journals.
4. Use The Library catalog and databases to find and follow the research regarding your research topic.
The library catalog lists all of the resources available at all library locations, including videos, archives, special collections, journal titles, books and electronic journal articles appropriate to your topic. The library subscribes to databases which make it easy for you to find the latest research available.
5. Consider using the Internet to find open access articles related to your topic.
The next step in the research steps is to search for open access articles that are related to your research topic. but you have to evaluate the resources you find on the internet and make sure they are reliable resources. So that It is best to be skeptical when searching the open Internet for scholarly research.
6. Collect, read, evaluate and write what you have learned.