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General Use: Getting Started with Research: Home

Sometimes the hardest part of research is getting started! Here are some tutorials and tools to help.

JSRHS Research Rubric

Purdue OWL

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Research Steps

 1. Read the Assignment

  • Read the Assignment - don't lose points for not following directions.

  • Read the Rubric - know what you will be graded on

  • Underline the type and number of sources and keywords

  • Identify essential questions

  • Identify the appropriate writing style

2. Search for Information

  • Create a list of questions about your subject, keeping in mind the essential questions

  • Create a list of keywords from the question list (topic words, synonyms, words with similar spelling)

  • Do some general reading on your topic to gain basic knowledge of your subject

  • Use search engines, library databases, ebooks, print and video

  • Check topic with your teacher

3. Evaluate and Analyze Sources

  • Accuracy: copyright date, last update, sources verified, quality of source material, range of dates for source material, links work
  • Bias: both sides equally presented, no facts omitted, not a parody
  • Credentials: authors' credentials, contact information, sponsor or publisher of website
  • Primary Source: created during the time period you are researching (for example, a diary, newspaper article from that period, etc.)
  • Secondary Source: is a source that was created after the time period to analyze or report on the time period.
  • Answers essential questions?

 4. Cite your sources

  • Cite before you Write
  • Avoid Plagiarism 

5. Organize and Write - use Noodle Tools

  • Take Notes

  • Outline the Paper

  • Write a Thesis Statement

  • Incorporate Source Material

  • Reflect, Compare, and Contrast - use original thinking 



The content of the box above was adapted and used with permission from Elizabeth Strauss, Laconia NH High School.