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The Research Process & Your Unique Workflow

An introduction to the general practices of research and some tools to help as you work.

While the overall process to set a hypothesis, learn the background, conduct the study, and write it up is generally standard across disciplines, your particular workflow in completing the steps of the process develops over time.

This guide collects information on the searching, reading, writing and disseminating aspects of the research process for use in your own work, including tools and programs that might help. While it is usually worth experimenting with them, the choice to use them is ultimately based on whether they actually help you. Whatever works best for you is what will be best for your research.


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Further reading on workflows

General Guides to Doing Research

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Reference Books for Practical Applications

Many handbooks and manuals for individual disciplines will include an explanation of relevant research methods. Consider looking in AccessEngineering and Knovel for these books on your area of focus.