The I-Search Paper. Sandy Stuart-Bayer Library Information Specialist Lee’s Summit High School Lee’s Summit, MO Information adapted from The I-Search Paper by Ken Macrorie. The I-Search Paper. Typical Research Paper: The Loop
Library Information Specialist
Lee’s Summit High School
Lee’s Summit, MO
Information adapted from
The I-Search Paper
by Ken Macrorie
The Moebius Strip or Loop
“Most research papers written in high school and college are bad jokes. They’re funny because they pretend to be so much and actually are so little.”
What I Knew
and didn’t know about my topic before
Why I’m Doing this Search:
Here’s where a real need should show up. The writer demonstrates that the search may make a difference in his/her life.
the story of the hunt.
What I Learned
or didn’t learn. A search that failed can be as exciting and valuable as one that succeeded.
I-Search Paper Format Guide Developed by an instructor at Gallaudet University, based on Ken Macrorie's I-Search Paper.
I-Search in the Age of Information.
English Journal, Volume, 95, Number 4, March 2006
A fresh, more recent look at the I-Search method.
Wow! This is an excellent addition to Ken Macrorie's book. A high school librarian and freshman English teacher have taken the I-Search Paper method and fine-tuned it, retaining all the original philosophy of the method as they increased student's understanding and likelihood of success. Excellent article!
Later note: This site that used to be found at http://home.scottsburg.com/trinkle/Tallman%20article.htm is no longer online, but the educators involved wrote a book on the subject.
Making the Writing and Research Connection With the I-Search Process: A How-To-Do-It Manual
The I-Search Unit
This site divides the project into 4 phases, explains each one, and offers examples. This is a good site for beginners and veterans alike.