Research: Foundational Skills and Inquiry. English I: Winter 2014. Research Assignment. Project Details. Goals: Foundational skills in research Inquiry project (similar to senior project—smaller scale) T opic of your choice P ose important questions—broad and narrow
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English I: Winter 2014
Foundational skills in research
Inquiry project (similar to senior project—smaller scale)
Topic of your choice
Pose important questions—broad and narrow
Seek credible information
Present 2-4 min PowerPoint due Mon/Tues Feb 3-4
Homework for this unit is to work on project!
diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.
What do the words primaryand secondarymean? In what contexts have you encountered these words?
Definition: The quality of being believable or worthy of trust
With so much available information, students must decipher what is credible and useful for their purposes.
Does the author have expertise to write on the topic?
Is the information in this source up-to-date?
Does the publisher affect the information?
What do reviewers say about the source?
Is the source appropriate for your research?
Source: Something that supplies information
Primary Source: a document/ physical object written/ created during the time under study…present during an experience or time period & offer inside view of event
Secondary Source: interprets and analyzes primary sources…one+ steps removed from event & may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them
Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/index.html
The National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/index.html
Sweet Search: http://www.sweetsearch.com/
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/
Title Page —Title, author(s), edition, publishing company, place of publication
Table of Contents —chapters, subheadings, page numbers
Appendix —charts, documents, tables, illustrations, and/or photographs
Glossary —dictionary of words found in a book
Index —end of book—shows topics and page numbers
Bibliography —titles, authors, and publishing information for references/resources used to write book
Individually: Identify primary and secondary sources
As a small group: Evaluate the credibility of sources (use evaluation questions)
Work individually to determine if sources on handout are primary or secondary (we will review as a class)
Why is research important?
Why is distinguishing between primary and secondary sources helpful?
What interests you? What are you curious about?
How can I create guiding questions and find credible/useful sources?
Essential Questions (EQ): Broad (but specific enough for the scope of your project) question to be answered as a result of completing the project.
Guiding Questions: More focused questions which help guide the path of your research—you will develop some before beginning the research, and then more as you research and find other unknowns
Due Friday (A) or Tuesday (B) if not finished in class
1) Find sources listed below pertaining to your guiding questions
A) Find secondary source—dictionary or encyclopedia
B) Find secondary source—website
C) Find another source—journal, newspaper, or magazine article, letter, interview, or artifact (physical item or photograph)
2) Record information on CREDIBLE sources—don’t do source notecards until you are sure the source is credible/useful for your project
Watch the following video clip, and jot down STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES of the speaker’s presentation.
Know the content—research completely
Practice/ Rehearsal of information
Formal word choice
Ask questions as needed
Pause and check in with audience
Ask for volunteer help/modeling as appropriate
Support but do not dominate your message
DON’T read from slides—slides should simply highlight key points/ images
KISS—Keep It Simple, Stupid
In-Text and Works Cited
Link: OWL Purdue: MLA
Internet (no author)
Internet (with author)
Double space entries, but no extra spaces between entries
Provides a complete citation for works mentioned in in-text (parenthetical) citations in body of your work
Indent second (and third if needed) lines
Label it Works Cited—no quotes or bold
Alphabetize entries by first word listed
Entries for electronic sources include five types of information (as available):
(1) author name
(2) title of webpage
(3) name of site
(4) publisher (publication information)
(5) date of resource creation
(6) medium of publication (Web.)
(7) date of access
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.
Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003. Web. 10 May 2006.
The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008. Web. 23 Apr. 2008.
Webpage (with author)
Epsicokhan, Jamahl. "Confessions of a Closet Trekkie." Jammer'sReviews.N.p., 20 Feb. 2004. Web. 15 Mar. 2010.
Webpage (no author)
"How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009.
"New Media @ the Center." The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. U of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center, 2009. Web. 11 Sept. 2009.
brandychloe. "Great Horned Owl Family." Photograph. Webshots. American Greetings, 22 May 2006. Web. 5 Nov. 2009.
Personal Survey Results: Yourname. “Name of Survey.” Method (survey). Date of survey.
Schonhar, Megan. “Opinions on Military Involvement in War.” Survey. 19 Jan. 2014.
Online-only Published Interview: Interviewee. “Title” (or Description, as below). [Rest of web site info].
Zinkievich, Craig. Interview by Gareth Von Kallenbach. Skewed & Reviewed.Skewed & Reviewed, 2009. Web. 15 Mar. 2009.
Personal Interview: Interviewee. Method. Date.
Purdue, Pete. Personal interview. 1 Dec. 2000.
Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Penguin, 1987. Print.
Henley, Patricia. The Hummingbird House. Denver: MacMurray, 1999. Print.
"hacker." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2011.Web. 8 May 2011.
Author Name. “Article Name.” Title of the Web Magazine. Publisher name, publication date. Medium of publication. Date of access.
Bernstein, Mark. "10 Tips on Writing the Living Web." A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites. A List Apart Mag., 16 Aug. 2002. Web. 4 May 2009.