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The Big 6. Effective Research. Step One: Task Definition. 1.1 Define the problem 1.2 Identify the information needed. 1.1: Define the problem. Assigned prompt (ex: Compare/contrast Sold with the documentary Very Young Girls about trafficking in NYC—trafficking in Nepal vs. USA)

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The big 6

The Big 6

Effective Research


Step one task definition
Step One: Task Definition

  • 1.1 Define the problem

  • 1.2 Identify the information needed


1 1 define the problem
1.1: Define the problem

  • Assigned prompt (ex: Compare/contrast Sold with the documentary Very Young Girls about trafficking in NYC—trafficking in Nepal vs. USA)

  • Assigned topic (ex: write 3 pages on Sold)

  • Self-generated problem (ex: write a 5-page persuasive paper)


Step 1 essential question s
Step 1: Essential Question(s)

  • EQ: A self-generated, broad question that your research/analysis paper will answer

    • Cannot open a book and just “find” the answer to it

    • Begins with “how” or “why”


Example 1
Example 1

  • Topic: fad diets

  • EQ: How does the popularity of fad diets reflect American values?

    OR

  • EQ: Why are fad diets so prominent throughout American culture?


Step 2 supporting questions
Step 2: Supporting Questions

  • SQs- Unlike the EQ, you will have multiple of these (at least 2-3 for shorter papers)

    • Can be answered by opening a book

    • “What”

    • “Where”

    • “When”

    • “Who”


Example 11
Example 1

  • Topic: fad diets

  • EQ: How does the popularity of fad diets reflect American values?

  • SQ1: What is a “fad diet”?

  • SQ2: What groups of people usually try fad diets?

  • SQ3: Who are the spokespeople for fad diets?

  • SQ4: What are statistics of obesity in the US?


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