The Research Process

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This covers the process of finding or researching for a particular topic.

This covers the process of finding or researching for a particular topic.

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  • 1. Researching a Topic The Research Process
  • 2. The Research Process
    • Define your needs
    • Locate information
    • Select, analyse, reject
    • Organise and synthesise
    • Present
    • Evaluate
  • 3. Define your needs
    • What is the purpose or goal of the research task?
    • What do you already know?
    • What do you need to find out?
  • 4. Map your knowledge
    • For the research task brainstorm or create a concept map of what you know.
    • This will help you work out what you need to find out and to frame any questions
      • You have 10 minutes
  • 5. Locate information
    • Identify some likely sources of information
      • Pathfinders
      • Search Engines
      • Experts
      • Specialist discussion forums
    • Use appropriate search strategies
  • 6. Select, analyse, reject
    • Skimming and scanning the information to find what you need
    • Take Notes
      • Summarise in you own words
      • Organise the information in a way that works for you
      • Record the bibliographic data
    • Analyse the information
  • 7. Record the Bibliographic data
    • Use the sheets to record your sources for the bibliography of Investigation task
  • 8. Organise and synthesise
    • Decide on headings and subtopics
    • Sort, analyse, and synthesise the information
    • Add your own opinions and thoughts
  • 9. Present
    • Present to the Audience in an appropriate format
  • 10. Evaluate
    • Was the purpose or goal of the research task met?