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  • 1. ENGLISH 283 Research for Creative Writing I
  • 2. The Research Process
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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!
  • 7. Primary and SecondarySources
  • 8. Creative Writing ResearchGuide http://libguides.sdstate.edu/creativewriting
  • 9. Where Do I Find…Primary Sources Secondary Sources Library’s Catalog  Library’s Catalog Library’s Databases  ARTstor  Library’s Databases Print Indexes  PsychINFO Archives Historical Societies  ERIC Manuscript Collections  MLA International Museums Bibliography Embedded in Secondary Sources  Print Indexes http://libguides.sdstate.edu/creativewriting
  • 10. 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
  • 11. Repeat? Research is an iterative process Finding the answer to your initial question may raise new, more interesting questions
  • 12. 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