How to execute effective research

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How to execute effective research

  1. 1. Identify First off you will obviously need to identify the research topic you will be focusing on. Think about your argument and your main concept and take notes of all your information. What you record is will help develop your search strategy.
  2. 2. Background Research Background reading will really help you dial in on your main topic. This will provide you with a strong starting point for your research.
  3. 3. Time Always allow yourself enough time to gather information and materials that you need. Do not expect smooth sailing, there will be problems and you have to give yourself enough time to fix them.
  4. 4. Type Of Information The type of information you need will affect the style tools you use to locate your sources. Will a book be better to find your information in, or will the internet be your best bet? Some information can only be found in certain sources.
  5. 5. Tools As mentioned before, some tools are specific to some information that others may not possess. Determining where your information will be found will save you a lot of time in the long run.
  6. 6. Strategy Make a plan, so u know how you will use the tools you selected. Check indexes, look at intros, and identify key words.
  7. 7. Document Take note of all the resources you have used ( electronic or print ). This will keep you from duplicating your work. Also, you never know when you might return to a source you have used before. In the end this will also help you on your works cited and prevent “plagiarism”.
  8. 8. Evaluate Be sure that the information you have gathered is relevant to your topic. Did you retrieve the right amount of information? Revise your search strategy and run through the process of searching, if necessary.
  9. 9. Cite Be sure to record all sources that were used and cite them in bibliographies and footnotes. Record all of the publication details that are necessary.
  10. 10. Confused? Ask for Help! If any of these steps are causing confusion or turmoil, do not be scared to ask for help. Remember, “the only dumb question is the one not asked”.

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