Just for Fun: The Research Process Daisy

Another way to view the process

The previous page shows a linear set of steps. But the truth is, research is more of a cyclical process.

Just like the linear approach, the cycle starts with a topic or an idea. As you use reference sources to get background information, then catalogs, indexes and the web to collect information, you're always building your keyword list, refining your topic, evaluating information, and documenting your sources. The steps are the same as the linear approach, but the research process "daisy" shown below reflects the fluidity of your topic and the ongoing changes that are a natural part of research.

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