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A guide to research for students.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2009 URL: http://libguides.mpsaz.net/informationsearchprocess Print Guide RSS Updates

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Step 1

Initiating a Research Assignment

At this point there is a recognition for a need for information.

As soon as a research assignment is given, the brain starts the selecting process.  The feelings of uncertainty and apprehension may take over thoughts and choices. Talking over the assignment with others in class could be helpful.  Ideas can be formulated by browsing a library website.

Stage 1 -- Task Initiation 
Task Thoughts Feelings Actions Strategies
To prepare for the decision of selecting a topic

Contemplating assignment

Comprehending Task
Relating prior experience and learning

Considering possible topics

Apprehension at work ahead

Uncertainty

Talking with others

Browsing the Library

Brainstorming

Discussing

Contemplating possible topics

Tolerating uncertainty

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