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The Research Process


"Systematic investigation or inquiry aimed at contributing to knowledge of a theory, topic, etc., by careful consideration, observation, or study of a subject."  The OED

Research is:

* A step-by-step process focused by a guiding question.

* A detailed inquiry process for collecting & interpreting data, perspectives & evidence, then developing an argument to address that question

* A reflective process where you reach your own conclusions;

* A reiterative process that progressively refines your investigation:

ponder - search - analyze 
review - reevaluate - research
eat as needed


Research is not:

* Submitting a "report" simply restating the historical record;

* Rewording other people's opinions (plagiarism);

* Limiting your sources to basic Google searches and Wikepedia.



    Cite Your Sources


    Your teacher will supply the class code.

    Why Research?

    "Research is formalized curiosity.
    It is poking and prying with a purpose."

    Zora Neale Hurstan, Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942



      Search GVRL
      for background information
      to understand context.



        REMEMBER:  History is a STORY

        You have to dig!
        Start by asking questions...
        this will help you construct then polish your guiding question.

        Check out Inquiring Minds Need to Know


          WHY RESEARCH?

          History is a question of perspective - point of view - context.
          You will be deciding how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

          History is a continuum.
          History is fluid.
          The story is retold.
          Historians ponder on.  Conclusions are re-evaluated.
          New material comes to light.  Evidence is unearthed. 
          Documents are declassified.
          Redactions are removed.
          Participants reveal / reassess / reconsider.
          Ideas, opinions go in and out of fashion.
          Society's viewpoints & prejudices evolve.


            Crash Course in U.S. History #8 - John Green explains it all...

            It's fine and it's funny but is it true? Seems to be, although it's a bit cursory... I LOVE John Green but is it advisable to use his Crash Course series as a source for the Junior paper?

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            Power Search our online catalog by entering multiple keywords and using Boolean searching to find print books, ebooks, DVDs.


              SEARCH DATABASES


              Comprehensive List
              of CCDS History Databases


              Check the databases at PLCHC
              (need card ID#)


                Investigate Survey Websites

                Library of Congress
                American Memory Project

                Digital History
                Univ. of Houston, NEH, NPS,
                Gilder Lehrman Institue.,
                Chicago History Museum,
                Houston Museum of Fine Arts

                History Matters
                American Social History Project -
                CUNY / George Mason Univ

                America in Class
                National Humanties Center

                Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
                (set up a free account)


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