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The Research Process. Simple Steps for Success. Developing a Plan. Create an Outline using ROV Method Present Thesis Define unclear terms in thesis Raise three opposing views to thesis Consider data to be used for refutes Think of any extra support for thesis. Creating a Search Strategy.
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The Research Process Simple Steps for Success
Developing a Plan • Create an Outline using ROV Method • Present Thesis • Define unclear terms in thesis • Raise three opposing views to thesis • Consider data to be used for refutes • Think of any extra support for thesis
Creating a Search Strategy • Questions to answer: • What types of sources will I consult? • In what order should I consult them? • Reference materials (encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries) • Books • Periodicals (newspapers, journals, magazines) • Vertical Files (pamphlets, unpublished materials) • Sources beyond the library: Internet
Assessing Internet Sources • Who is the author? An expert? A Layman? • Is the information based on facts or opinions? • Is the topic regarding ethical or moral issues? • Is the author trying to sell something other than information? • Can I find at least two other corroborating articles or pieces of information?
Maintaining a Working Bibliography • Create a bibliographic 3X5 notecard for each source you consult--
Taking Notes on your Sources • Paraphrasing • Summarizing • Quoting
Documenting your Sources • Using MLA Citations: • In-text parentheticals • End-text parentheticals (Works Cited)