Taking Charge: Study Guide. Answering These Questions Will Require Reading and Application Of Your Textbook
1. What three things do you need to seek if you want to do research well?
2. Name four elements of "inadequate research." Why is each an enemy of "great" research?
3. Define a "working knowledge" of your topic and explain why it's important to have one?
4. What is a "reference source"?
5. What should we do with Wikipedia?
6. What are the steps to finding a good research question?
7. What are the steps to finding a good research question?
8. Describe the difference between a research question and a thesis statement? Why is the former often a safer approach?
9. Describe the following types of bad research questions: The Fuzzy question, the Multi-Part question, the Open-Ended question, and the Question That Will Not Fly?
10. Why do you need a preliminary outline early in the research process?
Steps In The Research Process
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A Model For The Process of Informational Research
Taking Charge: Assignment For A Research Project Of Your Own
1. Choose a topic of interest to you.
2. Get basic information for a working knowledge of your topic from at least one specialized reference source from the library (not a general encyclopedia but a subject specialized reference source. Compare and contrast the ways in which the library reference source and Wikipedia deal with the topic.
3. Summarize in about half a page what you've learned (your working knowledge), listing the reference sources you used.
4. Present three or four possible research questions related to the topic, in question form, which might be suitable for a research essay. These questions should deal with one aspect of the topic, as narrowly as possible. They should not be easy to answer, nor should they be intended to describe what is already known. Try to make them as analytical as you can (seeing them as problem-solving questions rather than as an attempt to compile existing data). Try turning each of them into a thesis statement.
5. Choose the one question or thesis statement you think is best?
6. Create a prelimary outline based on your question.
Use Credo Reference Database To Find A Topic.
Take note that your preliminary outline is just that - preliminary. You can change it and develop it as will, or even scrap it and create a new one. Your professor only needs to see the final version, so initial blips and failures will stay private. But you do need to get some sort of outline going as soon as you have a research question, because the outline tells you what you need to cover in order to write the paper that answers your research question.