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
- Skim & scan to extract information that answers the questions you developed
- Develop main ideas
- 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?