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Is the Research Process getting you down? No worries, here are some tips and tricks to help you along. Feel free to ask Mrs. Alito if you have any questions or need more help.
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017 URL: http://libguides.pennington.org/msresearch Print Guide RSS Updates

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Planning Steps

Plan – Before you start:

Define the problem and decide what you need to know

Decide where to look for information

Understand what a good end result looks like

    • What is my current task?
    • What are some topics or questions I need to answer?
    • What information will I need?
    • What are all the possible sources to check?
    • What are the best sources of information for this task?

 

What's on the "Plan" tab?

  • Exploring a Topic
  • Sources of Information
  • Choosing the Correct Database
  • Background Research and Thesis Statements
 

What should I Do now?

Do – As you work, think about:

How to locate the information you need

Determining if notes are accurate and answer the question/problem

    • Where can I find these sources?
    • Where can I find the information in the source?
    • What information do I expect to find in this source?
    • What information from the source is useful?
 

What's on the "Do" tab?

  • Search Strategies
  • Assessing Websites
  • Narrowing Your Topic
  • Skim, Scan, Note-taking and Highlighting
  • Paraphrasing
 

Make sure to Review

Review – As you finish:

Judge the results, did the end product satisfy the requirements

Review the rubric and give yourself a grade

Review what skills you could use again in a different project

  • How will I organize my information?
  • How should I present my information?
  • Did I do what was required?
  • Did I complete each of the steps efficiently?

 

What's on the "Review" tab?

  • Going Beyond the Facts
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Writing Process
  • Presentation Tools
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