Research Process Overview

“I would absolutely recommend that students seize any opportunity to do research that comes their way. I will never forget this project, and will always be grateful that I had this opportunity.”
~Summer Scholar participant

The Division of Research and Academic Resources promotes comprehensive, focused, and intentional faculty development; supports all student populations in realizing their full academic potential; promotes student and faculty research, scholarly activity, and creative works as central to the academic mission of the college; and secures adequate resources for all constituent units of the Division to fulfill their complementary missions.


Where Do I Start?
Creating a research project can seem like a daunting task, especially if this is new to you.  Start by understanding that research is a process which generally starts with inquiry followed by collection, analysis and finally presentation.  Your research proposal should address each of these pieces, keeping in mind that this is not set in stone.  As you progress through the research process, you might start to ask different questions, or approach from a different angle.  This is normal, and in fact, expected.  All good research raises additional questions for future research possibilities.



For some additional details about each step, check out this great introduction to research resource from Otago Polytechnic.


If you have questions about your proposal, don’t hesitate to contact the Division of Research and Academic Resources at They are available to help and support you through the proposal process.  Your faculty research supervisor is also a great resource!


The librarians at Hatch Library are happy to help with your information research needs.  Fifteen minutes of focused consultation with a reference librarian can save you hours of web searching time.



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