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THE BIG SIX: STEPS FOR EFFECTIVE RESEARCHGRADE 10 – PERSONAL PROJECT<br />Name/s:Class:Subject:<br />Project Title:<br />INTRODUCTION: Follow these steps to help you research information for your project. You must do the activity one step at the time. <br />STEP 1 TASK DEFINITION<br />Define your problem/ project. (What am I supposed to do? Why?)<br />OBJECTIVES (What will I learn?):<br />THE WORKING METHODS (How will I work – individual / group – who will do what; what process/es will I follow?:<br />THE FINAL RESULT (What language form will I use to communicate my information?):<br />IDENTIFY THE INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS. (What information do I need? i.e. facts, examples, diagrams, table, graphs, experts.) <br />Step 2. INFORMATION SEEKING STRATEGIESConsider: accuracy- (complete); related (on the topic); availability (ease of use); appealing, etc. Step 3 LOCATIONS & ACCESSConsider possible sources. e.g. BOOKS, REFERENCE BOOKS (Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, other reference materials); AUDIO VISUAL (CD roms, Videos / VCD’S & DVD’S, cassettes, others), PERSONAL INTERVIEWS; INTERNET (record websites used). Indicate which maybe the best sources and why. Locate sources (Where will I find these sources?). List resource & call numbers/ location, etc. When located consider if the source is readable. – use the 5 finger method. Primary Sources: Information gained from eyewitnesses - interviews, photos, videos, original artifactsSecondary Sources: Research on an issue from internet, encyclopedia, experts, etc.<br />STEP 4. USE OF INFORMATION ( see note-taking sheet below to organise your notes)<br />NOTE:. Only written notes are to be submitted with your project. When taking notes avoid writing full sentences – only write key words that relate to the main idea. Use these later when drafting to write your own summary of the information (paraphrase). Record references of sources used on the Note–taking sheet. To avoid plagiarism both words (quotes) and ideas taken from another sources MUST be acknowledged.<br />When collecting information consider the following: <br />Is the information suited to the project? (Coverage)Was the information written by an expert? (Authority)Can the information be verified in another source? (Accuracy)Is the information objective? (Objectivity)Is the information up-to-date? (Current)<br />STEP 4 USE OF INFORMATION (Continued)<br />A. INVESTIGATION OF TOPIC:When investigating the topic write some questions to help guide your research. Write your notes in point form with no sentences to avoid plagiarism. Add the details of each source used. This will help you write your bibliography later. Source DetailsQuestion 1Question 2Question 3Source 1Source 2Source 3B. INVESTIGATION OF TECHNIQUES:When researching the technique consider the method (steps), skills (actions) and material (resources) you will use to make your project. Write some questions to help guide your research.B. 1 METHOD – (What are the various steps you could use to make your product)Source DetailsQuestion 1Question 2Question 3Source 1Source 2Source 3<br />B.2 SKILLS – (What actions will you need to perform to effectively make your project?)Source DetailsQuestion 1Question 2Question 3Source 1Source 2Source 3B.3 MATERIALS – (What will you make my project out of? What maybe some of the consequences of making your product from this material?)Source DetailsQuestion 1Question 2Question 3Source 1Source 2Source 3<br />