Research Skills Seminar

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Research Skills Seminar

  1. 1. Research Skills Seminar <ul><li>The Research Process </li></ul><ul><li>Resources available </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical use of information </li></ul>
  2. 2. Research Process <ul><li>Every step is important </li></ul><ul><li>The more time you spend on earlier steps, the easier it is at the end. </li></ul><ul><li>Steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a research question </li></ul><ul><li>Collect sources </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an outline (plan of writing) </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes (be sure to paraphrase!) </li></ul><ul><li>Write first draft </li></ul><ul><li>Edit and write final draft </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why do research projects at Gentry? <ul><li>Research skills are THE most important skills to have for college </li></ul><ul><li>Students will NOT be guided step by step through the research process in college </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some sample projects at GHS <ul><li>Research papers on Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales (English IV) </li></ul><ul><li>African country travel brochures (World History) </li></ul><ul><li>Reports on countries (Health, Resource Reading) </li></ul><ul><li>1920s Magazine Project (U.S. History) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research Skills include… <ul><li>Reading for information </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing sources for meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Taking notes/paraphrasing </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing information (outlining) </li></ul><ul><li>Writing with quotations and citations </li></ul>
  6. 6. Good resources for research <ul><li>Books in the library (look on cart!) </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias that are up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Websites that are pre-approved (I will always give a list) </li></ul><ul><li>MAGNOLIA databases (see handout for passwords) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ethical use of information <ul><li>When students use information in a research project, they MUST show where the information comes from </li></ul><ul><li>CITATION </li></ul>
  8. 8. CITATIONS <ul><li>Parenthetical (in-text citation) </li></ul><ul><li>Ex: </li></ul><ul><li>During the Khmer Rouge’s reign in Cambodia, 1.5 million people died from “execution, enforced hardships or starvation (CIA). </li></ul><ul><li>Works Cited (list at end of paper of all sources used--follows MLA format) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>“ Calvin Coolidge Became President.” America’s Story from America’s Library . Undated. 25 Jan. 2006. </li></ul><ul><li> http://www.americaslibrary.gov/ internet source </li></ul><ul><li>Evans, Harold. The American Century . New York: Knopf Books, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Fabulous Flappers.” American History Illustrated . Vol. 26. Jan/Feb 1992: 22. Ebsco Host . Gentry High School Library, Indianola, Mississippi. 25 Jan. 2006. database </li></ul><ul><li>“ Prohibition.” World Book Encyclopedia . 2004 ed. </li></ul>
  10. 10. For every research project assigned at Gentry that involves the library, your student will receive instructions regarding the following: <ul><li>How to paraphrase and use information ethically </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep track of sources used </li></ul><ul><li>How to complete a Works Cited page </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions? <ul><li>I can be reached at xxx-xxxx during the school day </li></ul><ul><li>For questions in the evening before 9 p.m., call xxx-xxxx </li></ul>

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