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Research is a journey

Steps of the research process

Research is a journey

  1. 1. Research is a Journey We take it one step at a time!
  2. 2. Step 1: Figure out your destination. • Think about what type of information you’re looking for – What’s your research question? – What types of keywords might help you find answers?
  3. 3. Step 2: Map your route • Think about what types of sources will have the answers you’re looking for – Databases—which ones? – Primary vs. secondary sources – Websites – Newspaper/magazine • Think about what search strategies you’ll use for different sources
  4. 4. Step 3: Go! Adventure! Find sources! • Gather your sources (online and print) that will help you answer your questions • Search within the sources to find relevant articles/chapters/etc. – Not having luck? Remember to try different keyword and advanced search strategies • Ask your teacher/librarian for help if you need it
  5. 5. Step 4: You’re there! Now look around • Read, listen to, view your sources • Take notes on relevant information – Quotes – Paraphrasing • Use citations to keep track of where you’re getting information from – Citations are your “you are here” markers. Keep track so you can find again
  6. 6. Step 5: Share your trip and what you learned! • Organize and synthesize information from multiple sources – Make sure you’ve answered your research question • Present the information • Create in-text citations and a Works Cited page so other people can retrace your steps
  7. 7. Step 6: Reflect on your journey and destination • How was the journey? – Did you get lost? – Which parts were most difficult? – Which parts were easy? – Did you ask for help when you needed it? • How was the destination? – Did you present your trip (paper/PowerPoint/etc.) in a way that reflects your hard work?
  8. 8. Remember! At any point in your journey it’s okay to stop and ask for directions. We all get a little lost sometimes!

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