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  • 1. The Research Process Putting the pieces together. Topic Subtopics Sources Read/Think/Select Notetake Sort & Number Notes
  • 2. Copyright 2002 Deborah B. Stanley All rights reserved No part of this CD-ROM may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the author. Each copy of this CD-ROM is a single user copy to be used by that person for student instruction and/or staff presentation. Made and distributed by Deborah B. Stanley [email_address] All images are from MS PowerPoint Clip Art Gallery and from the Microsoft Office “Design Gallery Live” at http://dgl.microsoft.com/?CAG=1
  • 3. I’ve got a research project due! Help!
  • 4. Let’s start at the beginning and focus on selecting a: Topic Topic
  • 5. Concepts to Consider Where do topics come from? How do I search for topic information? What makes a topic “good”? What is a topic? Topic Topic
  • 6. What is a topic? A topic is something that has… Information Topic
  • 7. Where do topics come from? Textbooks Teacher’s list Library sources Topic
  • 8. Finding Your Topic Topics Topics Topics Topics Topics Topics should be pre-searched by the student in at least three kinds of sources (formats) such as a book, an encyclopedia, and an Internet web site for supporting information. could have been checked (pre-searched) by the library media teacher to match library sources as well as a student’s learning (dis)abilities. automatically match the teacher ’s standards-based unit of study and the student’s grade level. Topics discovered in library sources Topics found in textbooks Topics from the teacher’s list Topic
  • 9. Use an encyclopedia to narrow or broaden a topic. Water Uses of Water Irrigation Decorating the White House WH History White House Narrow Broaden When there’s too much information… When there’s not enough information… Topic
  • 10. What makes a topic “good”? Availability of information Readability of information Fulfills curriculum standards or unit requirements Will I learn? Topic
  • 11. A “good” topic… is the on-ramp to the information super highway. A “bad” topic… leads NO-where! Topic
  • 12. How do I search for topic information? What types of violent weather occur on earth? violent weather hurricanes wind storms hail lightning tornadoes and later, write a thesis statement. Create a search question to guide information exploration, Focus on keywords in the search question, i.e.: Use topic synonyms to expand a search. Topic
  • 13. Review topic strategies: Topic Selection Locate Ideas Check Sources Search Strategies Cross- Check LOCATE topic ideas in teacher list, grade level texts, or library sources. CHECK in the library media center for three formats with supporting information. CROSS-CHECK in an encyclopedia to narrow or broaden a topic. CREATE a search question, then use keywords and synonyms to investigate the topic. Topic
  • 14. Pre-search to research! Remember: Topic
  • 15. Now you try it! Here is a great web site for topic ideas: http://www.researchpaper.com Topic