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The Research Game Plan

The Research Game Plan (linked here) will help walk you through the steps of the research process. This worksheet is often done in class with the guidance of your Undergraduate Services Librarian. 


1) Download the PDF.

2) Save the document to your device (File, Save As); RENAME THE DOCUMENT (e.g., Jones_RGP).


3) OPEN THE SAVED PDF in your PDF reader (e.g., Adobe Reader), do not use the browser-window PDF, it  will not save properly.

4) Fill in the PDF.

5) Save it to your device under the new name.






























6) Send the new PDF to your cloud storage or to your USB drive OR e-mail to yourself.

7) When complete, PRINT THE DOCUMENT and be prepared to turn it in as a paper copy.

If you fail to save the PDF correctly, you MAY lose your content! Please use the steps above.

Cool Tools

Things to make your life a little easier:

Citation Builder
Need help citing something in MLA or APA? Use Citation Builder! Plug in the pertinent data (author, title, year, etc.) from your source (book, book chapter, interview, journal article, magazine, newspaper or web), click Submit and the Citation Builder tool will generate your citation in APA and MLA style. Remember, no tool is perfect, so be sure to check your citations with a style guide.

The K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) is a service to preserve and provide permanent access to scholarly materials created by K-State faculty and students. Materials available in K-REx include journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, white papers, electronic thesis/dissertation/reports (ETDR) and other digital resources.

Save and organize citations for easy citing in Word documents using RefWorks. Sign-up for a RefWorks account to save citations from databases, store copies of articles, and create bibliographies. Use the RefWorks tool Write-n-Cite to insert citations from your RefWorks account into a Word document: Write-n-Cite will format your citations and create a reference/works cited list with about 75% accuracy.

Zotero is a free, open-source, add-on to the Firefox browser that enables one to collect, manage, and cite research from all types of sources. It is convenient to use because it resides in the browser. Use it to more easily manage bibliographies and references when writing papers or articles.

Library Help at Your Fingertips

K-State Polytechnic Library staff LOVE to help you get connected to the research you need. There are many ways you can contact us for help:

  • In Person: Stop by the Questions Desk for any questions you may have during library hours

  • Phone: Call (785) 826-2636 during service hours to talk with a librarian. 

  • Email a librarian. 

  • By Appointment: If you would like some in depth assistance, you can schedule an appointment with a librarian at

  • Chat: One of our favorite services! Simply enter your question in the chat box on the library homepage to the right during service hours. 

Questions? Please contact

Katherine Jones

Undergraduate Services Librarian


111F Technology Center

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