The Research Process
Choose a Topic
Is your topic too narrow? Too broad?
Can you find enough resources on it?
What subtopics should you include?
Create a rough outline, graphic organizer or web to organize your ideas.
What is your thesis statement? This may change as you find more information.
Use the table of contents and index to find information more easily.
When you've found your resources, keep a record of them using a Works Consulted Short Form or Bibliographic Citation Forms from the Media Center. They make creating a Works Consulted bibliography much easier.
Attach the source card to your notes so you know where you found the information.
Each page should have your name and a page number at the top right in the header.
Write an introductory paragraph that includes your thesis statement.
End with a concluding paragraph that sums up your most important ideas.
Create a Works Consulted bibliography.
Edit, Edit, Edit! You can always make your work better.
Is an idea unclear?
Could you use a better word?
Are spelling and grammar correct? Spellcheck misses a lot of mistakes.
Have someone look at your work and offer suggestions for improvement.
Make it even better!
Assemble your project. Include:
Evaluate Your Work
Would another presentation method have worked better?
Did you do your best?