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While the final research report falls toward the end of the research steps discussed in the last chapter, the process of writing the report actually starts in the first step.  As part of refining your theory, a literature review is necessary and therefore any discussion about research should begin with the research report.  While you search for and read through related articles, you will also begin to see trends in the research, topics that are addressed, and areas in need of further study.  This process will help you gain a better idea of what has been done, what knowledge base is out there, and on what topics previous researchers recommend further study.