The Information Search Process (ISP) is a six step process to help you save time and keep you organized through all phases of any research assignment.
Information on the Carol Kuhlthau's ISP.
Understand the Assignment
Select a Topic
You want to decide your broad topic - the big category or subject area - sometimes this will be assigned.
Where to find topic ideas?
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You will need an active CCC library card to access these databases from off-campus.
Explore Your Topic
The purpose of this step is to take your broad topic and narrow it down to what you are specifically looking for so you can write your thesis/specific purpose statement. You want to look for subtopics or additional search terms in this step.
You can try searching the internet, using the Content Box in Wikipedia or search other encyclopedias to help narrow down your topic. You can not normally cite these sources for academic research (check with your professor), however they are great resources for narrowing down your topic.
Where to explore my topic?
Check out the following helpful links.
Research Your Topic/Track Your Citations
When gathering information for your assignment, you need to keep track of the information you find as well as the sources/citations as you go.
Where can I find the best information in the least amount of time?
You will need an active CCC library card to access the databases and other library materials from off-campus.
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Characteristics of Primary Sources
Characteristics of Secondary Sources