Research is an iterative process, meaning individual steps may be repeated multiple times. The graphic below shows one way that we can do research, but it doesn't look the same for everyone. The research process is non-linear and often messy. As you go through this guide, you should feel free to jump back and forth between steps as you see fit or to come up with a process that works better for you. I also recommend you track your process in a way that makes sense to you so that you can remember where and how you did your searches in case you need to revisit them, or in order to avoid getting stuck in a research rut like always trying the same databases even though they might not be the ideal ones for your research question.