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FS 09: The Middle East Yesterday and Today: Research Process

Research Process

  • Research doesn't happen in a straight line from start (assignment prompt) to finish (polished paper/presentation).
  • Research includes finding background information to help you shape your ideas.
  • Research incorporates analyses from journalists and scholars, whose ideas help you reframe and revise your research questions.
  • Research includes making evaluative decisions about which and whose perspectives to incorporate into your own scholarship.


The Information Cycle

Search Strategies

From Topic to Research Questions


Learn more about narrowing a topic and developing a research question.

The Information Cycle--Options

Boolean Operators