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COM101/111: Introduction to Research & APA Citation

starting your research

Why is research important?

Conducting academic research allows you to:

  • apply and expand what you have learned in your courses
  • get an opportunity to learn something new
  • develop problem solving and critical thinking skills


Research skills are not only used in college. It is also a valuable skill that is required in many careers. The goal of research is to explore and gain a better understanding of the topic. This will allow you to figure out your position on the topic and discuss relevant issues in essays, presentations, infographics, and other assignments.