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The Research Process
The Six Steps
These are the steps you will follow each time you carry out a research assignment. You will move back and forth between the steps, revisiting and reviewing as the need arises
DEFINING your topic
Underline the key words in the task.
What do you need to find out?
What do you already know?
How much time do you have?
Brainstorm, Question, Concept Map
 
LOCATING your resources
Where will you find the information you need?
Which sources best meet your needs?
Use the Library catalogue - Amlib.
Books, CD-ROMs, Encyclopedia, Internet, People, Yellow Pages (for organisations)
 
SELECTING your information
Does the information answer your focus questions?
What information can you leave out?
How useful is the source?
Is the information recent, relevant, accurate, unbiased?
How will you record your information?
How will you record your sources?
Skimming, Scanning, Contents & Index pages, Note taking, Bibliographic details.

 
ORGANISING your information
Have you organised your notes under headings?
Do you have enough information?
Can you leave any information out?
Have you answered the focus questions?
Categorize & Review information.
 
PRESENTING your information
How will you present your information?
What format is appropriate/required?
Who is your audience?
Have you written a bibliography?
Drafting (written), Rehearsal (oral), Bibliography.

 
EVALUATING your work
Did you answer the focus questions?
Which parts did you do well?
Where could you improve next time?
Where could you ask for help next time?
Self evaluation.
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