Research Right!Workshop 1: Preparing to Research Alison Healy Larissa K. Garcia Genda Vann Fall 2012 Triton College
Steps in the Research Writing ProcessSelect a topic/research questionFind sourcesTake notesCreate an outlineRough draftRevisionsWorks Cited PageFinal editTurn in complete paper o Consult with your teacher and visit the Writing Zone
Develop a TimelineKnow your due dates-- Information can be found in your syllabus or an assignment guideWrite important due dates in a planner/calendarWork backwards and create your own due dates for different parts of the your research projectDue Date Calendar.docPlanned Research Calendar.doc
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
Design a Research QuestionIt 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?
Developing a Search StrategyResearchRight_wrkshp1 (2).pdf
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.
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.
CRAP: Evaluating Websites C Currency R Reliability A Authority P Purpose / Point of View
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.