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Library Tutorial: The Research Process


Welcome to the Library's step-by-step guide to the research process. 

This tutorial is divided into four parts, each based on a different aspect of the research process. The tutorial is designed to be taken in sequential order, starting with choosing a topic and ending with citing and using your sources.  Each part includes:

  • detailed information on the given aspect of the research process,
  • videos and/or activities to reinforce essential skills, and
  • a quiz covering all major concepts in that module.

Please Note

Searchpath TLN © 2004-2007 by the Technology Committee of The Library Network. Searchpath TLN is an information literacy tutorial that incorporates material from the original Searchpath © 2001-2002 by the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University, which incorporated materials from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998- 2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Searchpath Open Publication License. This tutorial was updated in July 2020 to incorporate information and material from Columbus State Library's research guide, "The Research Process."