Research is a Process

What is research?

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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives:

By the time you complete this lesson, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize that research is an iterative, non-linear process. 
  2. List reasons that people engage in research in both academic and non-academic contexts.

As you can see in the video on this page, the word “research” has many definitions. Research can mean anything from doing a quick Google search to going out in the field to conduct an original experiment. When we talk about research in the context of a library, we often mean secondary research, which involves finding, reading, and synthesizing sources of information that already exist.