In the immortal words of Douglas Adams:
Although we discuss the steps in this order, it is really not a simple, linear process. Research is recursive, which means that at any step you can and often should return to a previous stage. For example, as you develop your argument, you may realize you need more evidence and go back to take more notes. This does not mean you did it wrong the first time; indeed, it is all part of the process.
* This research guide was adapted from the Arlington High School (MA) Research Guide as presented at the MassCUE conference. A HUGE thanks to the AHS team for allowing us to adapt their guide.