The how to research guide

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The how to research guide

  1. 1. By: Alicia CanoEnglish 4
  2. 2.  Identify and develop your topic Find background information Use catalogs to find books and media Use indexes Find internet resources Evaluate Cite and give credit
  3. 3.  The first thing you need to do is find the topic you want to research. Then narrow your topic down by searching key words and finding their meaning. As you start to find what you are looking for, change your key words to broaden or narrow your findings.
  4. 4. Books are a good source on researching. You wont always find what your looking for on the internet so books can help out a whole lot.Newspapers, journals, diaries, and other books can help.
  5. 5.  Searching the internet is an easier route to go on because theres so much to choose from. Google, Yahoo! , Bing, and other search engines collect and organize all the information on the internet. Use quotes when searching phrases and add additional descriptors such as years or specific types of information.
  6. 6.  When you think you have all your facts and information ready, read over it and see if you need more or maybe less. You may need to look for some more sources.
  7. 7.  Give credit where it is due and site your sources. It allows those reading your work to duplicate your research and locate the sources you’ve listed. If you don’t cite what you find, people may think you plagiarized or copied.
  8. 8.  Give yourself plenty of time to get all the materials you need. Plan your search strategy. When looking through books, look at the introduction in the front to find out how to use it. Use indexes to find key words. If your confused…. Don’t worry, there’s always someone there to help you.

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