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Conducting Research. How to conduct basic research Created by Ed Jessup MLS. Choosing your topic…. Things to keep in mind when choosing a topic. Is your topic too broad? Is your topic too narrow? Will your topic hold your attention?. Brainstorm. Do an informal search .

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conducting research

Conducting Research

How to conduct basic research

Created by Ed Jessup MLS

choosing your topic
Choosing your topic…

Things to keep in mind when choosing a topic

  • Is your topic too broad?
  • Is your topic too narrow?
  • Will your topic hold your attention?
do an informal search
Do an informal search

Look in different sources for ideas….

  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Online sources (such as databases)
  • Reliable websites
  • Specialized dictionaries or encyclopedias
commit to a topic
Commit to a topic
  • After your informal research…
  • Evaluate if the topic is manageable
  • If the topic is manageable commit to it
  • Begin to collect research on topic…
create a purpose or thesis statement
Create a “purpose” or “thesis Statement”
  • Gives the purpose or reason for your research.
  • Gives structure to your paper
  • Tells the reader what you are researching
  • Gives the focus of your research
example of a purpose or thesis statement
Example of a “purpose” or “thesis” Statement:
  • “Henry David Thoreau is considered a vital force within the transcendental movement and his frequent discussion of nature within his writings, Thoreau may also be considered a pioneer in environmentalism.”
another example of a purpose or thesis statement
Another Example of a “purpose” or “thesis” Statement:
  • “Sometimes referred to as the new slavery, human trafficking is often spawned by poverty and corruption”
evaluating proper resources
Evaluating proper resources
  • Trade Journals
  • Magazines
  • Respected newspapers
  • Online sources (databases)
  • Respected websites
  • Audio/visual sources
use a variety of resources and formats
Use a variety of resources and Formats
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • News papers
  • Online Databases
  • Respected websites
  • Multimedia (audio/visual)
what are reliable resources
What are RELIABLE resources???
  • Print sources such as up to date books, journals and credible magazines
  • Reliable websites such as government and organizational websites
  • Databases know for storing peer reviewed and credible publications
  • Multimedia clips from different media


print sources
Print Sources
  • Book, magazine or journal

*Check for Currency of source

*Check for latest edition (Books)

*Evaluate table of contents/index

*Author and publisher credentials

  • What subject areas does it cover?
  • Are the articles and publications collegiate?
  • Are the articles peer reviewed?
  • Are the articles relevant?
  • Are the articles current?
  • Is the website up to date?
  • Is the source a reliable source?
  • Is the website a government or respected organizational website?
  • Is the information in the

website current?

  • Is the information current?
  • Is the source a valid and reliable source?
  • Is the information fact or opinion based?
  • Does the information work with

the goal of your paper?

gathering information
Gathering information
  • As you gather resources:

*Evaluate your information

*Create your work cited as you go along

      • Resources can be removed or added as necessary
create an outline
Create an outline
  • Create a rough outline for your paper
  • Plan you outline carefully
  • Pull information from your sources and find appropriate places for the information
  • Make sure outline flows and

makes sense

construct draft
Construct Draft
  • Use outline as map for paper
  • Do not forget to cite sources
  • Put aside unused sources
  • Update works cited (bibliography)
  • Revise
final draft
Final Draft
  • Proofread your paper
  • Make corrections
  • Make sure all work is cited
  • Have a 2nd person proof read your paper
  • Create final draft