Welcome! This guide is designed to help you with the research process for English W230: Writing in the Sciences. Although your instructor is your primary contact for your course, I invite you to contact me for questions related to research, the library resources, or choosing a topic. My name is Bronwen and my contact information is on the left. Please email or call me with your questions. You may also request a one-hour consultation for individualized and more in-depth assistance.
How to use this guide
Research is an iterative process, meaning individual steps may be repeated multiple times. The graphic below shows one way that we can do research, but it doesn't look the same for everyone. The research process is non-linear and often messy. As you go through this guide, you should feel free to jump back and forth between steps as you see fit or to come up with a process that works better for you. I also recommend you track your process in a way that makes sense to you so that you can remember where and how you did your searches in case you need to revisit them, or in order to avoid getting stuck in a research rut like always trying the same databases even though they might not be the ideal ones for your research question.