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Research Process: Intro to Research

Why do research?

So, why is research important and how can it help me?

In everyday life, research can help you in a variety of ways, from finding the best restaurants in a particular area to figuring out which kind of vehicle best meets your family's needs. 

Research is also important in college for a number of reasons, such as:  

  • Researching a topic and citing where you get your information makes your paper more credible since it shows you are backing up your thoughts with expert information.

 

  • Research increases your knowledge by giving you a more well-rounded view of a topic than you might have otherwise.

 

  • Research prevents accidental plagiarism, which can happen if someone takes credit for an idea that somebody else has already had.

 

Adapted from "Why is research important when writing a paper?" www.ehow.com

Welcome!

Welcome to PTC Libraries' guide to the Research Process.  Here you will find a variety of information and tools that will guide you through the process of doing research. 

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