Developing a Research Strategy
Writing papers is a vital part of college life.
Before you start writing, ask yourself:
1.What is the assignment?
2.What sources should I consult?
3.What is the best information to use?
Because there are many different sources to consult, using a research strategy is the best way to find the right information. Your goal is to conduct research in a systematic, well organized approach.
Learn the steps to building a research strategy. View the Stepping in the Right Direction Tip Sheet below and print out a copy to keep.
Research Strategy Worksheet
Print out this worksheet to help you document your research strategy and sources used.
Research Tips to Remember
1. When beginning a research assignment, allow yourself adequate time to gather information from a variety of resources. Interlibrary loan, which allow you to request materials not owned by the MCTC Library, can take between one to two weeks for requested materials to be shipped to your campus library for pick-up.
2. The index of a book is your friend! Use books more effectively by reading and using the sections that apply to your research topic.
3. Use e-books. The library has a large collection of electronice books available 24/7 from with an Intertent connection. Use them like a print book. Check the table of contents and index for your topic. You can print sections, copy and paste sections into a Word document to use later. Be sure that you cite your e-book appropriately.