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Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Capstone

Class guide for the NRES Capstone class.

Library Research Guide

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Welcome to the Libraries' Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Project class guide! This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources. If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to contact Livia Olsen or Carol Sevin. You can also Ask A Librarian for help any time during the Libraries' service hours.

Research Process

Research can be challenging, non-linear, monotonous, frustrating, and rewarding. Breaking parts of the process into smaller pieces makes it manageable. Below are some steps you might experience as you begin a research project. If you get stuck at any time in this process, Ask A Librarian or make an appointment with your librarian or a peer research consultant.

First steps in the research process

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Develop a research question
  3. Find resources on your topic
  4. Save your sources

Research notes and reflection

This process takes days, weeks, or months. It is helpful to take notes as you go to track your thinking. Reminders to yourself will save time.

Ask yourself: What am I thinking about as I develop my research question(s)? What types of information do I need to answer this question? Where am I searching and what search terms am I using to find resources? What is interesting to me and my research about this specific article?