We wish we could move straight through the research process from choosing a topic to citing our sources in the finished product.
But as we locate, evaluate, and integrate those sources, sometimes we need to repeat steps as we refine our product, making this a recursive process rather than a linear one.
Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research
Ohio State University Libraries
Introduction to College Research
Butler, W. D., Sargent, A., & Smith, K.
Library 160: Introduction to College-Level Research
Iowa State University Library Instruction Services