Select and develop a topic
Select a topic based on the class assignment. List questions you have about your topic.
|-What is your topic?|
- What do you already know about your topic?
-Thesis (what do you predict, believe, propose)
|Find background information||Find background information and gain an overview of your topic. Use ARC reference materials, online subject directories, and online encyclopedias.|| |
Internet Public Library
|Develop a search strategy||Based on what you already know about your topic and the questions you have, brainstorm keywords, synonyms, proper nouns, etc.||List the keywords, synonyms (broad and narrow), proper nouns (names, places, organizations), etc.|
|Find the best sources for your topic||Use your search strategy to develop a query for finding the best sources for your research project including books, videos, audio, periodical articles, or Internet web sites.||Internet Search|
|Evaluate your sources||Evaluate the sources found based on Authority, Bias, Currency & Documentation.|| Five Criteria for evaluating Web Pages|
|Cite your sources||Create a Works Cited page or bibliography||A Writer's Reference|
|Plagiarism and copyright||Copyright and Fair Use|
Guidelines for Teachers