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Basic Research Process

Getting Started with Your Research

Research is "formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose" (Hurston, 1942, p. 143).

Each research project has its own needs and requirements. An organized process makes research quicker and more thorough. This guide explains the steps in the basic research process and gives useful resources to help achieve your research goals.

The Elements of Research

Research Process graphic derived from ‚ÄčGarrett-Tripp Library. (2019, January). How to do research: A step-by-step guide: Get started. Elmira College. Retrieved from


Hurston, Zora Neale. (1942) Dust tracks on a road. Lippincott.