The Research Process
Most research begins by defining a task, question, or problem. It is far easier to approach the steps that follow when you understand what you are trying to accomplish. In fact, your understanding of the task itself will guide your research decisions.
If you have an assignment that requires research, your task may be completely or partially defined. Your job will be to understand the requirements. Read assignments carefully and ask your instructor or a librarian if you need help understanding them.
You’ll also encounter situations at work or in your personal life that require research. Although you may not always have the same details you would get from a teacher, you will likely have a purpose and a deadline. Though the requirements may be different, the process will be very similar.