Research Skills 2000: Intermediate Grades
Define My Task
- What do I know? What is my main question?
- What general questions do I have, and what specifications questions will help me answer those questions?
- How and to whom will I present my findings?
- Where can I find the information I need?
- What kinds of resources might have the information I need (books, electronic resources, and expert)?
- How have I planned my time to meet my deadlines?
Gather and Record Information
- How can I best answer my questions?
- How can I keep track of the information I find?
- Have I kept track of my sources for my Works Cited list or Bibliography?
- Does the information make sense?
- Have I used a dictionary to understand new words?
- Does this information help to answer my questions?
- What am I missing?
- Am I keeping track of my sources?
- Have I checked and verified a third source if the first two sources gave me conflicting information?
Think and Apply
- Can I answer my research questions?
- As I prepare a draft, have I introduced my topic? Used my own words? Used my resources to answer my questions in the order that make sense? Combined similar ideas? Formed a conclusion?
- Does my conclusion contain a summary, an opinion, and an evaluation?
- Have I revised and edited my work?
- Do I have a complete Works Cited list or Bibliography?
Reflect On My Work
- Have I followed all directions?
- Is my work the best it can possibly be?
- Have I evaluated myself as a researcher?
Source: Linda Chapman/Joanne Marien in Instructor, Nov./Dec. 1999