Research is an iterative process, meaning it's repetitive but you learn as you move forward and make changes. It's more cyclical than straightforward or linear. Use the guide navigation to learn about each of the steps of the process, and don't be afraid to jump around between steps.
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This short video from the UNC Writing Center will help you understand how to use your assignment to understand where to begin with a research project.