5 Steps to Research
Step 1: Question
What’s the question or problem?
What do you know? What do you need to know?
Step 2: Gather
Where will you look? (Ex.: Library catalog, Reference Database, Search engines, Experts, Other)
What keywords will you use?
What are the best sources? How do I know?
How will you record what you find? (Ex.: Notebook, Note cards, word processor, audio or video recording, other)
How will you cite your sources?
Step 3: Conclude
What did you learn from reading, listening or viewing?
Did you answer the question? Can you organize the information to support your answer?
Step 4: Communicate
How will you communicate what you learned? (Ex.: essay, electronic slide show, video, oral report, poster, etc.)
Step 5: Evaluate
How did you do?
How can you improve next time?
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