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Research Basics

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7th grade research presentation. Includes note cards/source cards etc.

7th grade research presentation. Includes note cards/source cards etc.

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  • 1. Research BasicsStep s to a great re se a rch projec t
  • 2. In the beginning...You have to start somewhereSteps
  • 3. Topic1. Select a general topic • List key words to help you look up that topic • Go to an encyclopedia or other reference source to get an overview of the topic
  • 4. Source Card For a book: author 1 Schlessinger, Arthur M. Queen Victoria book title Chicago: Bullet Publishers, 2009 place of publication TAHMS Library publisher location of source2. Make source cards for whatever sources youwill use for information
  • 5. Source CardOr citation style: article title book/encyclopedia title 1 "Victoria." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010. Web. 25 Jan. 2010   <http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9108774>. date accessed article url publisher
  • 6. NotecardsWill follow your source card and be numberedthe same wayEx. All of your notecards from source 1 will alsobe numbered 1 in the upper right-hand corner
  • 7. NotecardsQ 1Princess Victoria became Queen of Great Britian at theage of 18 (note that Great Britain includes Ireland)and ruled for 63 years and 7 months, longer than anyother British monarch.
  • 8. Topic, continued3.Using the general overview, focus the topic into something you can cover well • Write a statement of purpose about the focused topic • Brainstorm questions about the focused topic (KWL strategy) • Group questions under similar headings
  • 9. Refine topic, begin search4.Make a list of possible sources. Identify the best sources to use • Locate your sources; make a source card for each one you choose to use5.Begin making notecards (write the source number in the upper right hand corner). Use brainstormed questions to guide note-taking
  • 10. Source CardOr citation style: article title book/encyclopedia title 1 "Victoria." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010. Web. 25 Jan. 2010   <http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9108774>. date accessed article url publisher
  • 11. NotecardsQ number matches source card 1Princess Victoria became Queen of Great Britian at theage of 18 (note that Great Britain includes Ireland)and ruled for 63 years and 7 months, longer than anyother British monarch.
  • 12. Thesis6.Change your statement of purpose to a draft thesis statement Remember: a thesis statement is one that can be proven with evidence. It is not a simple statement of fact. A thesis statement should be the product of your own critical thinking after you have done some research.
  • 13. Outline7. Make an outline from your headingsTitle I. Introduction A. Background B. Thesis Statement II. Heading A. Answer to question 1. Supporting Evidence 2. Supporting Evidence B. Answer to question 1. Supporting Evidence 2. Supporting Evidence III. Conclusion
  • 14. Write and Cite7. Write the body of your paper using your notes and outline (or mind map, etc.)8.Cite any necessary information with parenthetical citations “Queen Victoria is arguably the greatest monarch in all of British history” (Smith 152)
  • 15. Works Cited9.Create a Works Cited page, like mine below Works Cited Samuels, Holly . "Basic Steps to Creating a Research Paper." Cambridge Rindge & Latin School N.p., Nov. 2009. Web. 6 Jan. 2010.
  • 16. SourcesEncyclopedia (print or electronic)Periodical (magazine or newspaper, print orelectronic)Specialized book (print or electronic)Internet (custom search ONLY)Scholarly journal (electronic)Primary source (electronic)
  • 17. Primary Source?? Definition: A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types are:Original Documents• Diaries• Speeches• Letters• Minutes• Interviews• News film footage• Autobiographies• Official records
  • 18. A primary source is one from which you drawyour own conclusions toward your thesis. Ifanalysis is done for you it is NOT a primarysource!