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Research Lifecycle Diagram

The Research Lifecycle:

The research lifecycle has been the subject of many books and articles and can be defined in many ways, some more complex than others. Below are some questions that the Roesch Library can help you address at each stage of the research lifecycle.


Step 1. Planning for Your Research

The Roesch Library can help you answer questions such as:

  • Are there grant or other research opportunities?
  • What materials will you need for your project? How will you identify what those materials are?
  • How will you create and organize your literature review? What is your citation management strategy?
  • Will you collaborate with other researchers? How will you find those researchers?
  • What sort of data is needed to be collected? How will it be managed?


Step 2. Discovery and Analysis

The Roesch Library can help you answer questions such as:

  • Can you locate all of the resources needed for your project? Are there articles or datasets that you need but do not have access to?
  • How will you store and describe your data?
  • Are there tools to help you better analyze or visualize your data? What is the cost of those tools?
  • Are there ethics or compliance issues?


Step 3. Scholarly Output

The Roesch Library can help you answer questions such as:

  • How will you disseminate your work? How will you choose where to publish or present your work?
  • What licenses will be applied to your publication(s)?
  • How will access be provided to your research?
  • How will your scholarship be linked to your researcher identification?


Step 4. Preserving and Reusing Your Research 

The Roesch Library can help you answer questions such as:

  • How and where will your research be preserved long term?
  • What is the best data repository? What are their preservation policies?
  • What sort of descriptive data will ensure that your research is discoverable?
  • What do various research metrics say about the impact of your research?
  • How will you know if someone cites your research?
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