The word research is derived from the Middle French " recherche ", which means "to go about seeking", the term itself being derived from the Old French term " recerchier " a compound word from "re-" + "cerchier", or "sercher", meaning ''''search''''.  The earliest recorded use of the term was in 1577. 
A broad definition of research is given by Godwin Colibao : "In the broadest sense of the word, the definition of research includes any gathering of data, information, and facts for the advancement of knowledge." 
NoodleTools gives students a systematic but flexible framework for navigating the tangled web of research. Students develop expert critical-thinking skills, gain confidence, and replace patchwriting and plagiarism with synthesis.
From a novice’s research question to a graduate student’s thesis, the three levels of NoodleTools provide a mental model for research and a common language across faculty and disciplines.
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