Focus on the information need
Ø Plan the experiment or project.
Ø Define terms in a way appropriate for the context.
What is my assignment or the information problem to be solved?
What questions am I raising or addressing?
Do I understand the concept I am reserching?
What types of information do I need to answer the questions?
What keywords and alternate search terms are pertinent to my questions?
How will I organize my search plan?
How many references do I need?
What format will I use to present the results?
|Tips for Research Success||This short video demonstrates that understanding the requirements of your assignment and knowing the type of information that is needed are key to being successful.|
|Are you sure you know exactly what you need to do in your assignment? Do you know what information will help?|
|Define the Research Topic||Getting started with your research means identifying your topic.|
|Choosing a Topic||Knowing where to look for ideas will help you find an interesting topic.|
|Learn Something about the Topic||This is probably the only time that Wikipedia is recommended! A wikipedia article is a great way to gain a little understanding about a topic so that you can more effectively search for information that you will actually use in your research.|
|Brainstorming Techniques||Need help focusing the topic? Try brainstorming.|
|Broadening the Topic||If you don't find enough (or any) information, you might have to broaden your topic.|
|Narrowing the Topic||If you find way too much information, you might have to narrow your topic.|
|Having trouble getting started?||Let O.W.L help you ask the right questions.|
|Framing Your Research Questions||You have a topic, now what was the question??? How to come up with good research questions for your project.|
|Graphic Organizers||Everything you wanted to know about graphic organizers and how to use them to help with your research and learning.|
|Keywords and Search Terminology||Don’t start searching until you have a search strategy in mind. This website will help you learn how to build an effective search term to use in catalogs, databases, or on the Internet.|
|Boolean Machine||Exactly how does a Boolean operator work, anyway? Take a look at this and see!|
|Ask an Expert||Need help designing a research strategy? Ask a librarian! They love this stuff!|