Strategies for Research
Define the Task
- What needs to be done?
- What are the teacher’s expectations? Carefully read the rubrics.
- What do you already know about the topic?
- Identify what type of info (facts, opinions, pictures, media, statistics) is needed.
- Develop tentative thesis statement.
Plan Strategy for Gathering Info
- What can I use? Brainstorm all possible sources. Be creative. Don’t limit media.
- Select best sources to investigate (appropriate and reliable)
- Where can I find these resources?
- Locate the sources: books, magazines, websites, databases, news media, interviews, email, and people.
- Use specific keyword searches and alternative key words to narrow or broaden the search.
- Check out materials from the library, print articles or photocopy.
- Gather all material together and keep in a folder.
- What can I use from these resources?
- Make use of the information you have obtained. Read, view and listen. Highlight important sections.
- Take notes. Form opinions.
- Discuss opinions with friends and/or family.
- Refine or redefine the thesis statement.
- What can I make to finish the job? Can you say, “I MADE THIS”?
- Organize information to support your thesis statement.
- Present your position using the research which supports your position.
- Create a draft of the paper or project with appropriate documentation (bibliography/works cited)
- How will I know I did a good job? Judge your results.
- Edit and review draft. Have someone read it and get feedback.
- Grade your work with the rubrics. Go for your personal best.
- Produce final copy of paper and or presentation.
- Judge the process. How efficient was your search? In the future what would you do, improve or avoid?
~Big Six Research Skills Eisenberg & Berkowitz