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The Research Process


"Systematic investigation or inquiry aimed at contributing to knowledge of a theory, topic, etc., by careful consideration, observation, or study of a subject."  The OED

Research is:

* A step-by-step process focused by a guiding question.

* A detailed inquiry process for collecting & interpreting data, perspectives & evidence, then developing an argument to address that question

* A reflective process where you reach your own conclusions;

* A reiterative process that progressively refines your investigation:

ponder - search - analyze 
review - reevaluate - research
eat as needed


Research is not:

* Submitting a "report" simply restating the historical record;

* Rewording other people's opinions (plagiarism);

* Limiting your sources to basic Google searches and Wikepedia.




    “We cannot indefinitely avoid depressing subject matter, particularly it it is true, and in the subsequent quarter century the world has had to hear a story it would have preferred not to hear - the story of how a cultured people turned to genocide, and how the rest of the world, also composed of cultured people, remained silent in the face of genocide."

    -Elie Wiesel, Night


    Modern Genocide

    The Modern Genocide database delves deep into the context of the darkest hours of the 20th and 21st centuries. If you are accessing the resource from home, please obtain the password by signing in at the CCDS Libraries page.

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