Welcome to Doing Research, KPU Library’s guide to helping you get started on your research assignment. Whether that assignment is a paper or blog post, multimedia project or poster, you will likely be expected to do some amount of research as part of completing the work. This can be daunting at first, especially if you are new to doing research at the university level, or if you are taking a class in a different discipline or field where the expectations and conventions may be unfamiliar to you.

If you feel you are already an experienced researcher, consider this guide to be a refresher.

Technical requirements: The modules work best in the most recent versions of Chrome or Firefox; Internet Explorer is not supported at this time. If you experience difficulties, check your browser version and update.

A note to faculty: This guide is informed by the Association of College and Research Library’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, an approach to teaching and learning research skills through a set of integrated core concepts and knowledge practices that emphasize the reflective nature of information discovery, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the ethical use of information in creating new knowledge.


Each module has been developed around one of these core concepts (Key Takeaways) and utilizes one or two of the knowledge practices (Learning Objectives) associated with it.

For more information about how the Framework is being implemented at KPU, please visit the Library’s Information Literacy page.



Association of College and Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.


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