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The Research Process

re·search

"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
rep
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

    Turn-It-In

    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

        

      FIND DETAILED BACKGROUND INFO with GVRL

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        FINDING RESOURCES

        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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