Guidelines forWriting YourThesis PaperPart One:ResearchMrs. LigoLibrary Media SpecialistBayshore Middle School
Research is a “life” skill
Finding Sources1.   Primary Sources2.   Books, Magazines, Newspapers3.   Searching on the Internet4.   Using Databases
Finding Sources   Primary Sources         vs. Secondary Sources Primary = personalSecondary = summary
Finding Sources Use books Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Biographies Use the online card catalog
Finding Sources Searching   on the internet Make sure your websites are authentic Who is providing the information? What...
Finding Sources Use   fact-checking “search engines”
Finding SourcesUse   “keywords”
Finding Sources Databases   vs. Websites
Finding Sources  Tips for searching on the databases Use limiters to narrow or broaden your  search Look for articles th...
Topic Selection Choose   a subject that interests you Brainstorm   What do I know already?   What do I want to learn?...
Thesis StatementA  thesis statement should be a “bold  statement” reflecting the author’s  opinion. Itmust be supported,...
Thesis Statement Ask   the question “why” at least five times       For example:       Agent Orange in VietnamWhat I know...
Getting Started Log   in to the computers & type Destiny into    the URL box Use   the menu of tools/access points Use ...
Take your Time!!
Review1.   Give an example of a primary source.2.   Give an example of a secondary source.3.   Where is a good place to st...
BibliographyBentley, Nancy. Dont Be a Copycat!: Write a Great Report without Plagiarizing. Berkeley            Heights, NJ...
(Part One) Research Guidelines For Writing your Thesis Paper
(Part One) Research Guidelines For Writing your Thesis Paper
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  • Remember these 4
  • Primary=original artifacts, diaries, interviews,art,photos,letters Secondary= interpretation of facts, biographies,books,magazine articles ***use primary sources it makes your report interesting
  • Initial Research: Encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books => Use the table of contents and index to browse for your topic– Dewey Decimal
  • Who: Are they and expert? Look for author’s credentials and contact information What? What does the information tell you? Is there bias? Are they trying to sell you something? When was the information last updated– is it current?? How is the information laid out? Does the website look professional does it have active links?
  • Search engines have spider bots that crawl out into the web and bring back information some of the information returned is filtered and some is not
  • Good Keywords open the doors to great research. Change your keywords if your are not getting the information you need.
  • Databases are paid subscriptions, the information is updated on a daily basis,
  • Use the words “and” “or” in the keyword search box…. Use limiters and advanced search
  • From home login to Bayshore website and then media center– you will need passwords and user id’s to gain access to databases
  • (Part One) Research Guidelines For Writing your Thesis Paper

    1. 1. Guidelines forWriting YourThesis PaperPart One:ResearchMrs. LigoLibrary Media SpecialistBayshore Middle School
    2. 2. Research is a “life” skill
    3. 3. Finding Sources1. Primary Sources2. Books, Magazines, Newspapers3. Searching on the Internet4. Using Databases
    4. 4. Finding Sources Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources Primary = personalSecondary = summary
    5. 5. Finding Sources Use books Reference Books, Encyclopedias, Biographies Use the online card catalog
    6. 6. Finding Sources Searching on the internet Make sure your websites are authentic Who is providing the information? What does the information tell you? When was the information last updated? How is the information displayed?
    7. 7. Finding Sources Use fact-checking “search engines”
    8. 8. Finding SourcesUse “keywords”
    9. 9. Finding Sources Databases vs. Websites
    10. 10. Finding Sources Tips for searching on the databases Use limiters to narrow or broaden your search Look for articles that are brief in length 1-3 pages Save your research to a folder Remember to get opposing viewpoints
    11. 11. Topic Selection Choose a subject that interests you Brainstorm  What do I know already?  What do I want to learn? Narrow down the subject  Define key words  Preliminary research Develop a thesis statement
    12. 12. Thesis StatementA thesis statement should be a “bold statement” reflecting the author’s opinion. Itmust be supported, explained and proven in the body of the paper. It should not be stated as “I think…” The thesis statement is generally found at the end of the introductory paragraph.
    13. 13. Thesis Statement Ask the question “why” at least five times For example: Agent Orange in VietnamWhat I know already- It was a chemicalused during the Vietnam War.What I want to learn-Why was it used? Why was it harmful? Whydid it change the course of the war? Whywas it called agent orange? Why wouldthe U.S. use the chemical if it washazardous to our soldiers?
    14. 14. Getting Started Log in to the computers & type Destiny into the URL box Use the menu of tools/access points Use Bayshore LibGuides You may want to start a list or “works cited” page of your sources as you are researching
    15. 15. Take your Time!!
    16. 16. Review1. Give an example of a primary source.2. Give an example of a secondary source.3. Where is a good place to start your research and select a topic?4. How does a search engine work?5. What are the 4 types of resources for research?6. How would you evaluate a website? (one example)7. What is the difference between a website and a database?8. Good keywords can help to narrow or broaden your search. True or False?
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