We have access to an incredible amount of information. Students often encounter the negative aspects of this when approaching research. They frequently become lost in a sea of sources about a potentially limitless number of topics, or stuck with a group of sources that are not relevant to a topic/project. Research is a process, and is composed of a series of steps rather than one action. This guide will walk you through some of the common steps in a research process. After completing this guide, you will be prepared to begin conducting preliminary research in your courses as Athens State University.