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Research Right: Preparing to Research

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Research Right: Preparing to Research

  1. 1. Research Right!Workshop 1: Preparing to Research Alison Healy Larissa K. Garcia Genda Vann Fall 2012 Triton College
  2. 2. Steps in the Research Writing ProcessSelect a topic/research questionFind sourcesTake notesCreate an outlineRough draftRevisionsWorks Cited PageFinal editTurn in complete paper o Consult with your teacher and visit the Writing Zone
  3. 3. Develop a TimelineKnow your due dates-- Information can be found in your syllabus or an assignment guideWrite important due dates in a planner/calendarWork backwards and create your own due dates for different parts of the your research projectDue Date Calendar.docPlanned Research Calendar.doc
  4. 4. Selecting a Topic1. It’s important to choose a topic that isn’t too broad, but also not too specific. Example topics: Women in History The difference between men and women’s salaries1. Unbiased research: not an opinion paper
  5. 5. Design a Research QuestionIt is much easier to figure out where to look and what is important if you design a question that you can find answers for. Topic: Media and Violence  How does the media coverage of violence impact crime in communities? Topic: Junkfood in Schools Do bans on junkfood in restaurants, schools, and cafeterias actually promote healthier eating habits among students?
  6. 6. Developing a Search StrategyResearchRight_wrkshp1 (2).pdf
  7. 7. Use the Internet (Google) when:• Are willing to evaluate the content of websites.• Know the web address/URL of a specific website you want to visit.• Want to access information available on government (.gov) websites.• Want to access commercial/business (.com) websites.• Want to see advertisements.• Want instant access to todays news.• Want to find information on associations, organizations or groups, programs, or personal web pages related to a topic.
  8. 8. Use library databases when:• Need to find o scholarly journal o magazine o newspaper articles• Want to save time on your research. o Library databases provide one-stop access to credible information specific to your topic, instead of searching through thousands of web pages.
  9. 9. CRAP: Evaluating Websites C Currency R Reliability A Authority P Purpose / Point of View
  10. 10. Evaluating Websites: Practice!http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/rethinki ng-healthcare/junk-food-tax-as-a-cure-for- obesity/8829
  11. 11. Upcoming WorkshopsResearch Right: A Research and Writing Workshop Series Learn to plan, research and write.Workshop 2- Gathering Information- Thursday, Nov. 8th 1:00-2:30 p.m.     Learn how to use library resources and practice note-taking strategies.Workshop 3- Writing the Paper- Thursday, Nov. 15th 1:00-2:30 p.m.   Learn to effectively incorporate your research, paraphrase and avoid plagiarism. 

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