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Research Paper . English 12. If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be called research. -- Albert Einstein. Choosing a topic. Make a list of ideas Use an online idea generator or list of topics (these links available online) http://www.lib.odu.edu/libassist/idea/index.php

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research paper

Research Paper

English 12

If we knew what we were doing

it wouldn't be called research.

-- Albert Einstein

choosing a topic
Choosing a topic
  • Make a list of ideas
  • Use an online idea generator or list of topics (these links available online)
    • http://www.lib.odu.edu/libassist/idea/index.php
    • http://school.nettrekker.com/subject/
    • http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/start.do?userGroupName=lom_soughtandhs&&prodId=OVRC&finalAuth=true
  • Browse through a book or magazine in an area that interests you
what key words can you use to search for information
Write 2-3 sentences about what you already know or think about your topic and underline the main words you use

Make a list of words and ideas related to your topic and alternative ways to identify your topic (for example, death penalty and capital punishment)

Use a Thesaurus to come up with alternative terms for your topic http://thesaurus.reference.com/

Use a subject guide http://find.galegroup.com/ovrc/subjectguide.do?prodId=OVRC&method=displayForm&userGroupName=lom_soughtandhs

Use Boolean operators

Keep a journal of search successes and failures

What key words can you use to search for information?
ways to access information
Ways to Access Information
  • Books -- search the SAHS Media Center collection (includes electronic books)
  • Databases -- access articles and other research data
  • Internet Search Engines -- try netTrekker
tips for searching a database
Tips for searching a database
  • Be sure to spell your search terms correctly
  • Think of several different terms you could use to search for the same topic
  • Use quotation marks “” around a multiple word phrase
  • Change the type of search as necessary -- keyword searches the entire document for your terms, subject searches the topic labels associated with documents, publication title limits a search to one newspaper or magazine, you may also be able to limit the date range that will be searched
general tips
General Tips
  • DON’T PANIC!
  • Save all your work in one folder or notebook and do not use that folder or notebook for anything else
  • Talk about it!
more help available
More help available
  • Check the Media Center website
  • Check the Senior Research Paper help page
  • Ask me!