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Transcript of Research Process
The Research Process
Overview of this Project:
Research is about gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and organizing information. It is especially important in a Digital Age where students have access to an unlimited amount of information.
The purpose of this resource serves as a guide for the research process as multimedia is used to enhance learning experience for fifth through eighth grade students in any content area.
Writing a Thesis
For an exciting research paper, avoid listing a bunch of facts and statistics. Instead, form a personal opinion of the chosen topic by taking a stance as three subtopics are considered for support.
Book marking and annotating with diigo (2009).www.youtube.com/watch
How to set up a diigo account (2011). www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMRfPEBPMcY
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Writing an effective thesis statement (2012). www.youtube.com/watch?
Brainstorming for a Topic
When searching for a research topic, it is important to brainstorm many ideas that are of personal interest because the research process will be more enjoyable. Use key terms to search the topic to see how broad or narrow it is. It helps to have some background knowledge on a topic beforehand.
Watch this YouTube for narrowing a topic for research.
Use ThinkTank, an interactive tutorial, to help you narrow your topic for research.
Use these documents to help brainstorm and gather what you already know about your topic:
pdfs include brainstorming questions and a thinking routine for determining subtopics.
Once a topic is chosen, it is important to determine what you know about your topic so that you can gather information about it.
Gathering Basic Information
Determine if the topic is ready for research. Is it too current, broad, or narrow? Search for basic information from valid sites that could possibly be used as resources. Use key words that would help in the research process as different search engines are explored.
Choosing and Using Keywords
Over 25 Search Engines, Directories and Portals for Children's Research
Writing an Effective Thesis Statement
Reliable Source Analyzer
Researching & Storing Information
Before researching reliable sites for information to prove the developed thesis, create a Diigo account to store research in a personalized digital library. The Youtube video demonstrates how to set up an account.
Afterwards, the bookmarking of articles can be organized accordingly and highlighting features can provide specific information to be displayed on the wall of the digital library. It provides a visual of the most important information or content for that article making quoting or paraphrasing easily accessible.
Digital sticky notes can also be used to personalize information about the website such as a title, author, and publication date.
Book Marking and Annotating with Diigo
How to set up a Diigo Account
Organizing Research with Inspiration
Inspiration helps to organize ideas using a cluster diagram which is great for the visual learner who can use shapes and colors to arrange and categorize information. The cluster diagram helps organize thoughts for writing a draft of a research paper. To begin, use the center circle for the thesis and from there, link it to the three supporting details. With each support, any specific examples can be linked accordingly. Each section of the cluster contains only words and phrases (not complete thoughts) since it can eventually be converted to outline form. Once ideas are arranged, the simple click of a button turns your graphic organizer into an outline with Roman Numerals, letters, and numbers.
When drafting, follow the outline that was created to keep the research organized. Always give the author credit by using quotes and paraphrases when their ideas are used to support your own.
Use this link for a lesson on paraphrasing and quoting:
Revising the Draft of the Research Paper
Feedback is always important to improve on the six traits of writing (http://erblearn.org/parents/achievement/writing/wrap): development, support, organization, word choice, sentence structure, and mechanics. Receiving peer revision, teacher feedback and using digital tutorials that are skill specific will help make necessary improvements for a well developed paper.
Editing the Draft of a Research Paper
Using checklists, digital tools, and using documents with editing tools can be beneficial when wanting to polish a research paper.
Publishing the Research Paper
This is the most important part of the research process: sharing with others. When there is a broader audience, it creates motivation to do the greatest quality of work. There are many ways in which this can be done. Some ideas are as follows: