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Beyond the Basics: The Research Process at UCBA

Self-paced guide introducing the process of doing research.

Your Team of Experts

Getting started on a research assignment or project can sometimes be confusing and/or overwhelming. Before starting, identify your team of experts and take time to make sure you understand the assignment or project and any guidelines or requirements. 

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Important Things to Note

Assignment Structure

  • What is the first step in the assignment?
  • Is the assignment in preparation for the next assignment in the course?
  • Has the professor provided examples (e.g. topic list, source) of what you need to do?
  • What is the format (e.g. essay, speech, video, presentation, report) of the assignment?
  • Is there anything about the assignment that you don't understand?
  • When is the assignment due?


  • Is the topic assigned by your professor or do you choose it? 
  • Does your professor need to approve the topic?
  • Do you need to schedule a meeting to discuss the proposed topic with your professor?
  • Does the topic need to be in a specific form (e.g. research question, thesis statement)?

Sources & Citing

  • Do you need to use a specific number of sources?
  • Do you need to use a specific type of source (e.g. scholarly journal article)?
  • What style (e.g. APA, MLA) do you need to use to cite your sources?

UCBA Academic Support Labs

UC Blue Ash College has a variety of academic support labs designed to help students succeed. Their web pages include contact information, tutoring hours, and how to schedule an appointment. 

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