What Research IS NOT
Research IS NOT simply an informative collection of other people’s ideas on a topic
Research IS NOT copying and pasting the work (words/ideas) of others into your paper
What Research IS
Research IS seeking answers and solutions to problems
Research IS exploring others’ ideas, but also discovering and creating NEW ideas
Research IS actively thinking about, explaining, and working with those NEW ideas, NEW solutions, NEW proposals, NEW insights and discussing them in your paper
Research IS using existing information, but drawing YOUR OWN conclusions, and incorporating YOUR OWN original ideas into your finished product
Research IS using work from others to help SUPPORT and VALIDATE your own claims
1. Task Definition
2. Information Seeking Strategies
3. Location and Access
-Where can I find the information in the source?
-Where can I find these sources?
4. Use of Information
-What information do I expect to find in this source?
-What information from the source is useful?
-How will I organize my information?
-How should I present my information?
-Did I do what was required?
-Did I complete each of the Big6 stages efficiently?
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