• Research Steps


    1.  Task Definition

                - Select a topic and write it down on your Research Planning Form.

                - Develop a question that will guide your research of that topic.  Make sure that this guiding question cannot be answered with a “yes” or “no”, or by just listing facts, or with just one right answer.  Your guiding question should require you to analyze or synthesize information in order for you to answer it.    

                - Record at least four sub questions that will help you answer your guiding question and support that answer.

                - Identify the information you will need to answer those sub questions.


    2.  Information Seeking Strategies

                - Determine what types of sources might contain that information.


    3.  Location and Access

                - Locate sources using the Research Flow Chart and the Internet Search Tips.

                - Determine if the sources are reliable.  Use a Source Evaluation Form for each source you are considering using.

                - If the sources are reliable, look to see if they contain the information needed for a particular sub question.

                - If they do, complete a Source Citation Form for each.  Give each source a number and write it at the top of the Source Evaluation Form, the Source Citation Form, and beside every fact you record on your Source Notes Forms that comes from that source.


    4.  Use of Information

                - Read, listen to, or view the source.

                - Take notes on a Source Notes Form.  For each fact you take notes on, write down the number of the sub question it is for on the right.  Make sure you write down the source number on the left. 


    5.  Synthesis

                - Decide in what format you will present your research (essay, podcast, video, etc.)

                - Develop an outline for your presentation.  You can use the Research Outline Form.

                - Organize your notes.  You may cut up the Source Notes Forms, so you can put your notes in the order they will be discussed in your presentation.  Make sure each fact you cut has a source number and sub question number.

                - Draft, revise, edit, and create your finished product.

          - Write a bibliography that lists all your sources alphabetically.

                - Share it with others.


    6.  Evaluation

                - Consider how effective and efficient your work was.  Complete a Research Rubric.  Then, let others consider your work using the same rubric. 

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    Stetler, Shelley. “Inquiry Quest.” Adams 12 Five Star Schools Inquiry Quest. Google Sites, 2010. Web. 22 Mar 2011. .
    Research Skills


    Click on any of the following links to learn more about how to research.



    The Big 6


    Inquiry Quest


    Middle School Research Tips Video


    Sayre Middle School Research Guide