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Research Cycle Guide: Create & Plan

A detailed mapping of library services and resources to the research cycle.

Steps 1 – 3

Understand the Research Process

The following electronic books serve as a starting point on this topic.

Develop Your Research Question


Develop a Research Protocol

Steps 4 – 5

Data Management Planning - Read First

10/26/2022 Update: The Office of Research Support and Regulatory Management (RSRM) has created a dedicated myUTSW webpage (VPN required) with links to NIH policy announcements and UTSW-specific information regarding data management plans.

Data Management Planning

Data Management Plan - Defined

A data management plan (DMP) is a written document that describes the data you expect to acquire or generate during the course of a research project, how you will manage, describe, analyze, and store those data, and what mechanisms you will use at the end of your project to share and preserve your data. … Many funding agencies require a DMP with every funding request.

— Stanford Libraries

Identify Funding Sources


Steps 6 – 8

Understand Author Profiles & Impact

Search Support

(Note: Includes Mediated Searches, Systematic Reviews, and Consultations.)

Finding quality biomedical information is a critical part of being an effective health care professional. We developed the Responsible Literature Searching Library Guide to help you quickly learn in a self-paced context how to do just that. In most cases, we think that it is advantageous for us to teach you how to search responsibly rather than to provide you with a collection of search results. This is particularly appropriate for medical, graduate, public health, and health professions students.

For these students, we are pleased to do consultations and classes. However, we will not perform mediated literature searches for students or UT Southwestern employees enrolled in an accredited college or university course.

We do perform mediated searches and assist with systematic reviews for our other clients. There are limits on searches based upon the current search queue and priorities.

Please see the links below for further information on related topics.

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Ensure Academic Integrity

The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as:

a commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. We believe that these five values, plus the courage to act on them even in the face of adversity, are truly foundational to the academy. Without them, everything that we do in our capacities as teachers, learners, and researchers loses value and becomes suspect.


Many thanks to the McMaster University Health Sciences Library, which gave us permission to use their research cycle as a template to develop ours.