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Research Strategy

Library research begins when you need information to solve a problem – fulfilling an academic assignment or for your own purposes.

Approaching the research process with a plan in mind will give direction to your efforts and help you stay focused.

A research strategy will help you be more efficient and effective and enhance the quality of your research.

The basics of the research process include:
- identifying and developing your topic
- searching for information
- choosing and evaluating sources
- citing sources

These are examples of some useful research strategies:

Library Research Basics - Northeastern Illinois University Library

Research Process  - Clark University Library

The Seven Steps of the Research Process  - Cornell University Library

Please note that they may direct you to sources specific to those libraries. Clarkson Libraries may not necessarily have access to the same resources.
When in doubt, please check in with us – we are glad to help you navigate this process.


No strategy is one-size-fits-all – adapt and develop and use a plan that works for you.

Research is not always a straight line….it’s a process, an evolution. One piece of information can take you back to places you’ve already been. You may need to change course or even reverse direction from time to time.

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