Cultivate Your Curiosity


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Cultivate Your Curiosity

  1. 1. Cultivate Your Curiosity<br />Grow your research skills in six steps.<br />
  2. 2. Pick a topic.<br />1<br />Is your topic just a sprout of an idea? <br />Or maybe you need to narrow it down.<br /> Consider these tips<br />
  3. 3. download<br />Make sure you meet the requirements of the assignment.<br />Be careful to choose a topic that is not too narrow.<br />Be careful to choose a topic that is not too broad.<br />Find a topic that interests you.<br />(Metcalf, 2010)<br />These Websites might help you get started.<br /><br /><br />
  4. 4. Get organized.<br />2<br />You need the tools of organization right from the beginning of your project. <br />Bibliography: Keep a list of all the resources you <br />look at, even if you don’t use them in the end. <br />Type them into a Word document or start a list on or<br />Notes: Write down all of your own ideas and thoughts AND important quotes from your sources as you begin researching. Use a notebook and pencil, create a Word document, or try one of these tools…<br /> Look at these examples<br />
  5. 5. Research Paper Organizer from TIME for Kids online.<br />NoteCard from<br />You have to sign up, but its free!<br /><br /><br />
  6. 6. Here’s a hand drawn mind map.<br />(Hickein, 2010)<br />
  7. 7. This mind map was created on<br />(Tan, 2009)<br />
  8. 8. Ready, set, search.<br />3<br />Just like a bee collecting pollen, now you need to start gathering information about your topic.<br />Search the library <br /><ul><li>encyclopedias
  9. 9. reference books
  10. 10. almanacs</li></ul>Search the Web<br /><br /><br /><br />
  11. 11. Dig deeper.<br />4<br />Expand your search to include <br />more specific or unique sources. <br />Remember to keep adding to your <br />notes and bibliography!<br />Search the library <br /><ul><li>biographies
  12. 12. newspapers
  13. 13. magazines</li></ul>Search the Web<br /><br /><br /><br />Have you thought about interviewing an expert?<br />
  14. 14. Verify resources.<br />5<br />Whether your sources are online or in print, ask yourself these questions to check for quality and integrity.<br />Who is the author? Does he know what he’s talking about?<br />What did you find and what does it mean? Is it true? Does it make you feel uncomfortable in any way?<br />When was it written? Should you find a more current source?<br />Where is the author or publisher from? Does that matter? Why was it written: to persuade, educate or entertain? <br />Adapted from Redefining Literacy by David Warlick, 2009.<br />
  15. 15. Harvest & arrange.<br />6<br />You’ve done it! Now it’s time to harvest all those ideas and start arranging them into a finished product!<br />SENTENCES<br />IDEAS<br />PARAGRAPHS<br />THOUGHTS<br />SOURCES<br />
  16. 16. One last bit of advice...<br />This one is the original.<br />This one is a copy.<br />As you put the pieces of your research together, <br />be careful not to copy someone else’s ideas. <br />Plagiarizing is stealing.<br />Use citations and your bibliography to <br />give credit where credit is due!<br />
  17. 17. Let’s review.<br />1. Pick a topic.<br />2. Get organized.<br />3. Ready, set, search.<br />4. Dig deeper.<br />5. Verify resources.<br />6. Harvest and arrange.<br />Now go and grow!<br />
  18. 18. Presentation created by<br />Andrea Brainard<br />July 26, 2011<br />Information Retrieval and Transfer Class<br />Pittsburg State University<br />