This course guide serves as a tool for graduate students enrolled in Foundations in Graduate Studies 510 at Colorado State University Pueblo. The purpose of this guide is to assist students with the research process. Scientific research involves systematic planning and is a method of obtaining information in order to address a problem or question. This often involves forming and testing a hypothesis, experiments and observations. The problem or question you've identified is typically not the first on the topic. Other professionals have written about it. Therefore, the research process encompasses finding both original research articles, scholarly reviews, and other pertinent resources related to your topic. Only by finding research that already exists can you expand the field.