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Petroleum Technology - Bradford Campus: Research Process

A library guide to assist students in the Petroleum Technology Program at Pitt-Bradford

Critical Thinking

Picture of Wheel with Critical Thinking in the middle surrounded by wheel spokes of: 1) Discover + Explore:   Look at your topic/issue more closely; start to be more directed and purposeful in seeking information. 2) Negotiate + Cooperate:   Consider different perspectives; engage in discussion with others. 3) Test + Revise:  Weigh up the evidence, test out different ideas and alternatives.  4) Integrate+ Apply: Bring together the various ideas that you have considered in order to consolidate and articulate new understanding(s),  5) Inform + Describe:  Begi nto clarify what you need to know, what you already know, and what information you have about your issue/topic


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The Research Process

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you. Having trouble with a topic? Here are some places to get ideas.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  Here are some examples:
    • What are some of the latest breakthroughs in Sickle Cell Anemia? "Sickle Cell Anemia" AND (breakthrough OR new treatments)
    • What are some muscular disease that affect children?-->(muscle or muscular) diseases AND children
    • How does drug use contribute to birth defects--> drug abuse AND pregnancy
  • Search PITTCat+ and subject oriented databases.


Reading for Research Diagram

  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!  Especially information from websites
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

You may also want to check Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish, 3rd. ed., 2011, by Ellen R. Girden.  This book is available at the Bradford Campus Library  Q180.55.E9 G57 2011.