During your four years at Ivy Collegiate Academy, you will be assigned a variety of research projects in different subject areas such as an I-Search Paper in English, a genetics project in biology, or an investigation of health issues in the news. Although the topics you research are very different for different classes, the research process, or the steps you follow to get the job done, are really the same.
Therefore, if you understand the process, you should be able to find your way successfully through any research assignment. This is similar to the steps in problem solving and to the scientific method you follow for science lab experiments.
This guide includes links to portions of some excellent tutorials available on the Internet that explain and illustrate in more detail the steps of the research process.
I. The Pre-Search
Before you begin any research, read your assignment carefully to determine what you are being asked to do.
If you don’t yet know what interests you about the topic, go to The Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature or to the Student Resource Center available from the library’s web page and look up your topic.
Go to Purdue Owl
Purdue online writing lab, click on research overview “Where do I Begin”.
Online Writing Lab: Sources
Make sure you are on the Subject Search screen. Then type in the topic you want to explore. Look through the results for the topic and its subdivisions.
If a subdivision catches your interest, scan some of the full-text magazine articles under that subdivision. When you think you’ve found a focus that interests you for the topic, you’re ready for the next step in the process.