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Ask a Question Research starts with Curiosity What do you want to know? May start with a general questionEx. What would life have been like for a young woman immigrating to New York from Ireland during the Great Famine?
Brainstorm Related Terms andIdeas Pick out the key Ireland | Irish | Éire | Gaelic | County Cork, etc. ideas in your Great Famine | Potato topic/question Famine | an Gorta Mór (“the Great Hunger”) | an Try to think of Drochshaol (“the bad life”) synonyms or New York | Ellis Island | Five alternate phrasing Points Immigration | Emigration List any related 1845 – 1852 terms (broader/narrower) you can think of
Initial Search for BackgroundInformation Read for general information on your topic Identify gaps in your existing knowledge Narrow and focus your research Sources Encyclopedias and other Reference Books Skim a Book on the general topic Web Search
Define a Search Strategy Articulate what you need to know Determine where/how you are most likely to find it If you don’t know, ASK!
Evaluate Your Results Did you find an answer to your research question? Yes – Is the answer useful for your research project? Fact vs. Opinion Sufficient detail? No – Re-evaluate your search strategy and try something different
Repeat? Research is an iterative process Finding the answer to your initial question may raise new, more interesting questions
Ask a QuestionOriginal Question Focus and Narrow What would life What would have have been like for a been popular or young woman common immigrating to New knowledge? York from Ireland Stories and Tales during the Great Flowers Famine? Clothes Occupations