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Researching Skills. The things you need to know!. Some Questions:. Why do people read? Think of as many possible reasons for reading as you can…. Getting Started. Select a topic that would be of interest to you What are the “5 W’s and 1 H”? Who What When Where Why How.

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Researching skills

Researching Skills

The things you need to know!


Some questions
Some Questions:

Why do people read?

Think of as many possible reasons for reading as you can….


Getting started
Getting Started

  • Select a topic that would be of interest to you

  • What are the “5 W’s and 1 H”?

    • Who

    • What

    • When

    • Where

    • Why

    • How


Getting started1
Getting Started

  • Develop a RESEARCH QUESTION(S) that explores your topic.

  • With your partner decide who is going to focus on what part of the topic they should take.


Question
Question

What do you look for in a source to determine if it is a good source?


Evaluate relevance
Evaluate: Relevance

  • Relevance -- Is the source relevant to your research question?

  • As you evaluate relevance, consider some, if not all of the following:

    • When was the source written?

    • How does the source’s date of publication relate to your thesis?

    • Is the source out of date for your topic?

    • Had enough time passed between the event and when the source was written to give the author appropriate perspective?

    • How well might the source help you to explore your research question?

    • How much of the source actually pertains to your question?

    • Is the source appropriate for your reading level, or is it too advanced or elementary?


Evaluate quality
Evaluate: Quality

  • Quality – Is this source of good quality?

  • As you evaluate quality, consider some, if not all of the following:

    • Is the information presented fact, opinion, or propaganda? Is there a noticeable agenda or bias?

    • Does the information appear to be well researched, or is it questionable and unsupported by evidence?

    • Is the source primary or secondary?

    • Is the information organized logically? Are the main points clearly presented?

    • Who is the author? Where does s/he work? What is her/his educational background, past writings and experience?


Question1
Question

Now that I have evaluated a source as having good information, then what do I do?


Answer
Answer

Annotate!


“ANNOTATING” AS YOU READ

  • CONNECTIONS:

  • “I knew that b/c”

  • “That’s surprising b/c ___”

  • “This is confusing b/c ___”

  • Questions

  • COMMENTS:

  • Opinion

  • Reaction

  • “Reminds of ____”

  • “Seems a lot like ___”

Write in the margin next to each spot that causes you to think any of these things. Remember your primary focus is getting information that will help you answer your Research Questions!


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