Use the Research Steps Template that is attached below.
1. Read the Assignment
- Read the Assignment - don't lose points for not following directions.
- Read the Rubric - know what you will be graded on
- Underline the type and number of required sources and keywords
- Identify essential questions
- Identify the appropriate writing style
2. Search for Information
- Create a list of questions about your subject, keeping in mind the essential questions
- Create a list of keywords from the question list (topic words, synonyms, words with similar spelling)
- Use Google Advanced Search Techniques: click then choose advanced search, or go to http://www.google.com/advanced_search
- Use search engines, databases, ebooks, print, video
- Check topic with your teacher
3. Evaluate and Analyze Sources
- Accuracy: copyright date, last update, sources verified, quality of source material, range of dates for source material, links work
- Bias: both sides equally presented, no facts omitted, not a parody
- Credentials: authors' credentials, contact information, sponsor or publisher of website, domain (see domain key below)
- Decide: based on the assignment requirements and the accuracy, bias, and credentials of the site, is it a good source to use for your research?
- Primary source: created during the time period you are researching (for example, a diary, newspaper article from that period, etc)
- Secondary source: created after the time period to analyze or report on the time period.
- Answers essential questions?
4. Organize and Write - use Noodle Tools, and Turnitin
- Take Notes
- Outline the Paper
- Write a Thesis Statement
- Incorporate Source Material
- Reflect, Compare and Contrast, use original thinking
5. Cite Your Sources
- Avoid Plagiarism
- Use MLA 7 format