We do research every day. Research is searching for information, usually to help us make decisions. What car should I buy? Which career will pay the most? What school should I go to? How can I fix my computer?
In high school students are often required to search for answers to larger questions and communicate what they learned in a formal way. Generally, the teacher assigns the question. These handouts will help for those projects where the student gets to choose their own research question/topic.
What's my angle?
How to narrow your topic.
Finding a topic that you will find interesting.
Before committing to your research topic, do a brief search on your topic. Will there be enough information or will there be too much? Search the South catalog to see if there will be any books. Do a quick Google Search. How many hits did you get on your topic? Over a million? Narrow your topic. Only 5? You should broaden your topic. This handout may help you organize the information you find in this quick search.
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