How to Do Research -

How to Do Research

Length:  7 units
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 4th – 8th Grades
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How to Use This Course

How to Do Research guides students through learning the importance of research skills, planning their research, conducting their research, evaluating their sources, compiling and organizing their data, presenting their information, and reviewing their work. Topics such as plagiarism, keywords, using both paper and electronic sources, primary and secondary resources, and more are also explored.

Course Introduction

The three goals of this course are:

  • to teach students about the different resources that can help them with their research;
  • to help them make sense of all the information that is available; and
  • to guide their research process from start to finish.
  • What Are Research Skills, and Why Do I Need Them?
  • Plan Your Research
    • Determining What Information You Need
    • Translating Your Questions Into the Language of Answers
    • Constructing Web Search Queries
  • Conduct Your Research
    • Traditional Sources of Information
    • The Library
    • Paper Sources
    • Electronic Sources
    • Other Sources
    • Getting the Most Out of a Source
    • Long Live the Search
    • A Final Note on Sources
  • Evaluate Your Sources
    • General Factors to Consider
    • Decoding Websites
    • Evaluating Web 2.0 Sources
  • Compile and Organize Your Data
    • Get Organized
    • Cite Your Sources
  • Present Your Information
    • Final Projects
    • Writing Your Project
  • Review Your Work

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