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  • 1. * Cheryl Delson, Instruction Librarian cdelson@ivc.edu
  • 2. 1) Get the Assignment2) Choose a Topic3) Exploration & Background of Topic4) Focus Topic5) Find more Specific Information on Topic6) Evaluate Information7) Write your paper8) Create citations and bibliography (works cited)*
  • 3. *
  • 4. Suggestions: * Choose a topic that INTERESTS you! * State your topic as a QUESTION. * Think about the different aspects of your topic – who, what, where, when & why. * Be FLEXIBLE with your topic, it may change a lot or a little as you find information.*
  • 5. *Write down the broad category of your topic *Brainstorm KEYWORDS for your topic *Think of SYNOMYNS for your keywords *Try to NARROW down a large topic, using who, what, where, when & why questions. *Search Strategies*
  • 6. *Introduce you to a topic *Provide terminology/keywords unique to the topic *Provide important names, dates, places and events to your topic *Lead you to other sources*
  • 7. * Narrowing…. * Is there a time period? * Is there a geographic region? * Is there an aspect of the topic that is interesting? (historical, political, psychological, artistic, sociological, etc.) * Is there any people or groups involved?* Broadening…. * What discipline does your topic fit into? * What is the broader aspect of your topic? *
  • 8. * Information timeline (when do things get published)* Scholarly vs. Popular *
  • 9. *Credible websites*Evaluating information for *Appropriateness *Currency *Scholarship
  • 10. *IVC Writing Center*IVC Reading Center*OWL at Purdue *
  • 11. *Avoid Plagiarism*Give credit where credit is due*Communicate researchdiscoveries with other scholars*Support your topic*IVC citations page *