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MS Template Pages: MS Steps to Completing a Research Assignment

Step 1. Understand Your Assignment

  • Know what you are being asked to do. Understand the rubric.
  • Be able to restate the research question in your own words.This is different than the rubric.  The question you are asked is what you will be answering in your research.
  • Always have your assignment next to you when you are working. 

Step 4. Take Notes

  • Remember to record the works cited information before you begin taking notes.
  • Only record information that relates to your topic, but be sure to take enough notes.
  • Use bullet point summaries of the information you need.

Step 2. Locate Useful Resources

  • What type of source do I need and where will I find it?
    • book/ library catalog
    • database/ research guide    
  • What are the key words and phrases I will use when conducting my search?
    • keep jotting down ideas as your research progresses

Step 5. Organize Your Notes

  • Look for common themes and different ways to organize your thoughts.
  • Make certain you have facts to support your opinions.

Step 3. Choose Your Resources

Remember 5 W’s of choosing an online source.

  • Who are the authors/publishers, are they reliable?
  • What is the relevance of this information to my topic?
  • When was this information published?  Is it current?
  • Where does this source gets its information, does it have citations?
  • Why does this source exist?  

In a book:

  • Check for specific topics in the Index - which is located in the back of a book.

Step 6. Create the Final Product

  • Did you answer the question you were asked?
  • Did you support your opinions with facts?
  • Did you check your work against the rubric?
  • Can you check off the requirements?