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  1. Critical Thinking in the Research Process Sandy Cahillane Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian Hatch Library, Bay Path College Longmeadow, MA

  2. What is critical thinking? • There are many definitions. Watch this clip to hear a few: http://www.tlc.murdoch.edu.au/pubs/learning/critis.html

  3. Another View • Visit this site to get more ideas about what makes someone a critical thinker.

  4. Critical Thinking in the Research Process • Start by being a critical reader

  5. Read More About It • Take some time to read Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts and then return to the tutorial.

  6. Steps in the Critical Thinking Research Process • Step 1. Define your research question. • Step 2. Research your topic. • Step 3. Consider all arguments. • Step 4. Tentatively commit to a position. • Step 5. Determine your thesis. • Step 6. Begin writing OR revisit Step 2.

  7. Integrate the Two Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  8. Integrate the Two Step 1: Define Your Research Question Why use a research question? Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  9. Integrate the Two Step 2: Research Your Topic How to narrow or broaden your topic Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  10. Integrate the Two Step 3: Consider ALL Arguments Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  11. Integrate the Two Step 4 Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  12. Integrate the Two Step 5: Determine Your Thesis Creating a good thesis statement Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  13. Integrate the Two Step 6: Start Writing OR Revisit Step 2 Helpful links for writing academic papers Graphic from Marshall, Lorraine. Critical Thinking in Context: A Teacher’s Guide to the Video, Murdoch, W.A.: Murdoch University, 1996.

  14. Library Resources New to Hatch Library? These resources will help get you started. • Distance Learners Page • Hatch Virtual Tour – You’ll need to download the chrome extension to view in chrome. Instructions on IT Resources page on portal. • Hatch Library Handouts and Tutorials • Research Guides

  15. Don’t Forget: You Can Always… • Ask A Librarian

  16. That’s All, Folks!