Research Process

Step 1:
Plan & Focus
 Ask yourself...

  • What am I learning about?
  • What is my assignment?
  • What is my interest?
  • What do I know about it?
  • What do I want to know?


Step 2:
Find Out ~ Locate ~ Gather
 Ask yourself...
  • Where will I get the information?
  • Who could I ask?
  • What sources could I check? (Books, magazines, library, TV/video, computer, Internet)
  • What source(s) would be best?
  • Have I gathered enough of the right information to move ahead?


Step 3:
 Write it down ...
  • Note-taking: write on cards or in notebook
  • Draw, label parts, use vocabulary
  • Put information in my own words
  • Write bibliography


Step 4:
Interpret ~ Analyze
 Think about it...
  • Categorize (fact, fiction, opinion)
  • Summarize and draw conclusions
  • Are there additional questions I need to ask?


Step 5:
Report Findings
 Ask yourself...
  • Depending on the info I've gathered and my intended audience, what will my finished product look like?
  • What technology will I use?


Step 6:
Assess ~ Reflect
 Ask yourself...
  • What did I learn?
  • Did I answer my question or solve my problem?
  • What do I like about my product?
  • What will I do differently next time?
  • Use criteria and/or scoring guide when appropriate


Throughout the Process:
Ethical & Legal
 Ask yourself...
  • Is the work my own?
  • Did I credit my sources?
  • Did I respect the ideas of others?
  • Was I a responsible user of technology and other resources?
  • Did I collaborate and contribute to group processes?
  • Did I share tools and resources with others?  


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Staff:  Cindy Dagesse