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Library Orientation

This guide provides information about how to access the CLTCC Library/LRC resources.

What is Research?

Research is formalized curiousity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

- Zora Neale Hurston

Research is the investigation into and the study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and help you reach new conclusions. Research helps us to grow and develop, it informs the things we don't know and challenges the things we do. 



Research Process Steps Video

OnDemandInstruction. “Research Process Steps.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Sept. 2012,


The Research Process

Library research involves the step-by-step process used to gather information in order to write your paper, create a presentation, or complete a project. The research process can be broken down into seven steps, making it more manageable and easier to understand.

The Seven Steps of the Research Process

  1. Choose a Topic
  2. Collect Background Information
  3. Organize Information & Citations
  4. Evaluate Information & Write Research Question
  5. Write Draft
  6. Edit, Correct, & Revise
  7. Write Final Draft & Cited References

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