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how to do quality RESEARCH

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Elizabeth Jackson

on 10 November 2014

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Transcript of how to do quality RESEARCH

Where to Start?

Should I use GOOGLE?
Organize the Information
Putting it all together
Use the points from your outline to answer your initial questions in
full sentences and paragraphs.
Use solid evidence from the

It is mostly a collection of other people's ideas laced with comments you add that tie all the information together in a cohesive and readable format.
Edit, Bibliography, Finishing Touches
Taking Notes
(This is the messy stage!)
how to do quality RESEARCH,
Write a really good paper, and
Stay out of trouble with plagiarism.

It's a good place to
start. It is also helpful
once you get started.
But all your research
shouldn't be done
from here.
Let's Try Databases. Books.
Periodicals. Primary Sources.
WHY? Why do I need to use a database?

Where do I find them?
How do I use them?
What difference does it
Seems really simple: You've been using the library all of your school career,
but how DO you look up a book, periodical, journal, database, etc.?
How do you use it once you find it?
Use whatever means your teacher suggests or what works best for you.
1. Jot down information
2. Cite your source...
3. Keep it organized
4. Cite your source...
5. Look for online tools
6. Cite your source...
There is nothing worse
than having to search for
a piece of information
more than once!
READ and take notes
Order out of chaos
Use these new
sets of information

for an outline
Sort into like categories
Sort into a timeline
Sort into compare/contrast
Sort into stages
Sort into people

Sort, sort, sort, rearrange and sort again!
Tips and Tricks
text and cite it
properly. Give
to the author
for his/her ideas.
What is your topic?
What do you want to know about your topic?
Who is your audience?
What do they want to know about your topic?
(Assume they know nothing!)
Make a list of 20-50 questions you or others might have.
Make a preliminary statement about your overall topic.
(This is what your teacher is calling a THESIS statement.)
Decide on a tone and type of paper:
Formal, compare/contrast
Informal, informative
What answers to your questions to you already know?
Start your research with what you already know.
(You'll be surprised at what you learn!)
Then get curious.
Dive deeper.
As you learn more, how do your questions change?

Son of Citation Machine
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