Research Steps and Guide Questions

Step 1.  DEFINE THE TASK / WHAT IS THE RESEARCH TOPIC AND FOCUS

What is the purpose of your research?  What is your topic?  What needs to be done?

  • Develop questions that will help you find important, meaningful, and relevant information
  • READ, explore, and gain background knowledge.  Find an overview of the topic in a reference source or encyclopedia.  For example:  Wikipedia or Britannica Online
  • Define the problem.  What do you already know about the topic?
  • Create a list of KEYWORDS/SYNONYMS/SUBJECT/TAGS that represent your topic. 
  • What is type of final product will you create?
  • When is it due?
  • Include a Title Page (Example)

Step 2:  INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIES / WHERE DO I LOCATE INFORMATION?

  • Search a variety of resources (for example:  academic journals, magazines, books, websites, blogs, videos, interviews, etc.) using the list of keywords/synonyms you created.
  • Consult the library website under Databases A-Z link for access to resources.
  • Navigate resources using indexes, tables of contents, experts, and search windows
  • Evaluate resources for validity, biases, and accuracy using the evaluation guide/literature review process.
  • Select only the resources which best answer the questions you've developed.
  • List specific resources that provide the best information for the project in Noodle Tools to create a works cited page

Step 3. USE OF INFORMATION / WHICH INFORMATION SHOULD I USE FROM THESE SOURCES?

  • Read for understanding
  • Summarize/paraphrase
  • Skim & scan to extract information that answers the questions you developed
  • Develop main ideas
  • Describe
  • Analyze
  • Take notes using the notecard component of Noodle Tools

Step 4.  SYNTHESIZE INFORMATION / HOW WILL I SHARE WHAT I'VE LEARNED?

  • Organize ideas & information/Create an sentence  or phrase outline.
  • Transform your focus questions into main ideas
  • Create your thesis statement using the Thesis Statement Worksheet
  • Draw conclusions ~ connect information to your focus questions
  • Present Logically
  • Communicate ideas
  • Incorporate Claim, Data, Warrant
  • Include Parenthetical Citations (Use NoodleTools' Parenthetical Reference link for assistance)
  • Present the results in the format outlined by your teacher
  • Do you have sufficient information support to answer your focus questions?
  • What facts and statistics are needed to address your focus questions?
  • What primary source information is needed to address your focus questions?

Step 5.  EVALUATE / HOW WELL DID I COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT?

  • Judge the result
  • Compare your final product to the rubric and requirements of the assignment.
  • What components must be included in the final draft?
  • How would you improve?
  • Was the process efficient and effective?