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Music Research Process

Research Process

The research process is circular. You will return to some steps multiple times as you research, read, and gain more information.

visual layout of research process steps

  1. Project Assigned
  2. Pick topic, and test the topic. Is it too broad? Too narrow? Too new? Will this work?
  3. Find, read, & evaluate sources. Keep a research log.
  4. Keep repeating steps 2-3 as necessary. Your topic will evolve several times. Think critically about whether you need primary or secondary sources for different parts of your argument.
  5. Write and edit.
  6. Identify spaces in your argument that need more support, and repeat step 3 as necessary.
  7. Project due.