You should be able to answer ‘yes’ to ALL of the following questions about each source in your research. If you are unsure or need help answering these, consult a librarian. For those with visual impairment, an accessible Word document is available at the bottom of the page.
You can follow a more traditional research process like the one below:
Research, though, is rarely as simple as going from Steps 1 to 4. Frequently, research involves bouncing to and from your background and article research and your thesis statement as shown below.