Here is a productive way to approach the literature research process:
1. Start with a clear idea of the product you need to end up with. For example, a 10-15 page research article on a controversial topic in Medical Nutrition Therapy.
2. Come up with a list of things you will need to investigate in order to be able to do your assignment.
3. Develop a list of questions that will help you research that information.
4. Pick keywords from those questions to use as search terms.
5. Select an appropriate place to find the information.
6. Search for and retrieve information.
7. Read and analyze information.
Only then are you ready to start writing. Keep in mind that you may have to revise some of your questions and repeat some of these steps along the way.
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