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Beyond the Basics: The Research Process at UCBA

Self-paced guide introducing the process of doing research.

Your Research Topic or Question

The Developing a Research Question video (2:31 minutes) reviews the difference between a research topic and a research question plus things to consider.


  • Talk with your professor to determine if the topic or question meets the scope of the assignment
  • Make sure you go through the topic or question approval process if required by your professor 

Databases for Research Topic Ideas

Mapping Your Research Ideas Video

The Mapping Your Research Ideas video (2:53 minutes) explains how to create a map using your research idea. You can download the Keyword Map worksheet (Word document link), use blank paper, or open a new Word document on your device.

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