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Research Process

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Research Process

  1. 1. The Research Process based on “The Research Process”http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/basics/researchproc ess.html Accessed 12/14/2011
  2. 2. 1.Choose Your Topic2.Gather Your Sources3.Evaluate the Sources 4.Cite the Sources
  3. 3. Choose Your TopicINSTRUCTORSTEXTBOOKSMAGAZINESBLOGSARTICLES OF INTEREST
  4. 4. Choose Your Topic1. WHAT ASPECT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?Ex. The Death Penalty – POLITICS & PUBLIC OPINION? EVOLUTION OF METHODS? COURT RULINGS DEATH SENTENCES?
  5. 5. Choose Your Topic1. WHAT ASPECT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?Ex. The Death Penalty – POLITICS & PUBLIC OPINION? EVOLUTION OF METHODS? COURT RULINGS DEATH SENTENCES? http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs41/f/2009/054/b/ 1/6_Headed_Hydra_by_moonscream.jpg
  6. 6. Choose Your Topic2. WHAT GEOGRAPHY?Ex. – The Death Penalty SINGLE STATE? STATE-TO-STATE COMPARISSON? NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE? GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE? http://www.smart-kid-educational- games.com/images/geography-games-3.jpg
  7. 7. Choose Your Topic2. WHAT TIME PERIOD?Ex. – The Death Penalty 500-1500 AD MEDIEVAL TIMES? 1200-1400 AD RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION? 1950-2012 AD MODERN DAY? 2012-2050 AD FUTURE PROJECTIONS?
  8. 8. GATHER RESOURCESTEXTBOOKS- Additional Reading at End of Chapters- Examine Textbook Citations to Find MoreDON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL- Academic- Trustworthy- Legitimatehttp://thecubelondon.com/files/2011/04/cool-inventions-one-wheel-motorcycle.jpg
  9. 9. GATHER RESOURCESMAGAZINES- Current! Issues concern Public Opinion or Trends.- Typically Legitimate Information.DON’T REINVENT THE WHEELTIME MAGAZINEBLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEKFBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETINhttp://www.akininc.com/images/Magazine%20Covers-%20stories/FBI%20Law%20Enforcement%202-05%20blog%20500.jpg
  10. 10. GATHER RESOURCESBLOGS & INTERNET RESOURCES- Current! Issues concern Public Opinion or Trends.- Typically Legitimate Information.- Dynamic, Search-able.WWW.SEARCH.TWITTER.COMWWW.FBI.GOVWWW.CRIMINALJUSTICEFORUM.COM
  11. 11. GATHER RESOURCESWWW.LIBRARY.KAPLAN.EDU1. SEARCH YOUR TOPIC2. ENTER YOU LAST NAME AND USER ID3. REFINE YOUR SEARCH BASED ON FINDINGS4. USE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS TO SPRINGBOARD YOUR RESEARCH EFFORTS
  12. 12. GATHER RESOURCESWWW.LIBRARY.KAPLAN.EDU- DYNAMIC. SEARCH-ABLE- ACADEMIC MATERIAL.- EASY TO CITE- ARTICLES ARE SUMMARIZED WITH ABSTRACTS- PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS - (COMMITTEE HAS REVIEWED THE CONTENT BEFORE PUBLICATION)
  13. 13. EVALUATE RESOURCESTEXTBOOKS CLASSROOM MATERIALSARTICLES ONLINE, INPRINTONLINE INFORMATION BLOGS, ARTICLES, WEBPAGES
  14. 14. EVALUATE RESOURCESTEXTBOOKSPublished by corporations.Information is current, relevant, and accurate.Textbooks cite their information,include indexes,and are themselves easily cited.
  15. 15. EVALUATE RESOURCESARTICLESPEER-REVIEWED & INDEPENDENTINFORMATION IS REVIEWED BY INFORMATION IS NOT REVIEWEDCOMMITTEE OF PROFESSIONALS BY COMMITTEE OFIN THE FIELD. PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD.WRITING STYLE IS ACADEMIC. WRITING STYLE MAY BE ACADEMIC.USE CITATIONS TO USE CITATIONS TO SPRINGBOARDSPRINGBOARD YOUR RESEARCH. YOUR RESEARCH. MAY NEED TO VERIFY INFORMATION.
  16. 16. EVALUATE RESOURCESONLINE INFORMATIONLook at the Author.Have they written other materials?Are they professionals in their field?Look at the Affiliated Agencies.Look for Copyright Information.Examine the ABOUT US link.
  17. 17. EVALUATE RESOURCES ACCURACY Is there data? Does it make sense? COVERAGEIs it enough for your topic? Is the information unbiased or opinionated? AUTHORITYAre the authors professionals in the field, affiliated with agencies or universities, and published elsewhere?
  18. 18. 1.Choose Your Topic2.Gather Your Sources3.Evaluate the Sources 4.Cite the Sources

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