Need a little help answering a question on your homework? Working on a project at home? Or maybe you are just curious about something?
Well, then it’s time to do a little research. Research is not just something teachers make us do; it is what we do every day when we are curious about something. You do not have to go through the whole process every time, but it is good to know how to research. That’s what this page is here to help with. Use the links above under the Research Tab to help find tools you can use along the way: websites, siting your sources, organizing your information, and some great tools and ideas for final projects and compiling your information.
The Process of Researching:
Where do I find information?
Browse sources to find the most helpful ones.
Search for information from multiple sources.
What do I want to learn?
Know the task
How do I get started?
List what you know
Decide what questions will guide your learning.
Plan your process
Choose search terms
How do I present this information?
Know your audience and purpose.
Finalize the thesis statement.
Organize the information.
Create a product using correct documentation.
What do I do with the information I find?
Refocus research question; create working thesis statement.
Decided what info to keep.
Find new sources as needed.
Record info needed
citing the source.