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Finishing Your Research

At some point you must FINISH researching and start writing something or advising your client.

Hopefully you always follow a research process and use a research checklist so you won't miss anything and can easily evaluate whether you have anything left to be done. 

How to Tell When You are Finished

  • You completed all the steps on your research checklist
  • You keep finding the same information over and over again as you go through the steps of your research checklist
  • The information you found seems to answer your question
  • You have bounced your research strategy (and conclusions) off other people

How to Ensure You Will Never Be Sure That You Haven't Missed Something Important

  • Not having a research process which guides your search strategy
  • Not using a written research checklist to guide your research and record your results
  • Failure to use finding aids such as indexes, tables of contents, and Key Numbers
  • Lack of familiarity with a variety of secondary sources
  • Over reliance on natural language (Googly) searching
  • Failure to effectively use terms and connectors searching
  • Failure to take the time to READ the information you find