This Senior Research Project will incorporate skills you have practiced and mastered in your English classes throughout high school. Your assignment requires that you choose a topic and related issue about which you feel passionate. There are several steps in the research process, so you will need to meet the checkpoints along the way in order to manage your time and have a successful experience.
It is important to explore your topic in order to build upon to any background knowledge you already have.
This will be necessary before you begin more formal research so that you can narrow your topic and focus on an issue, develop a research question, and start locating pertinent research resources.
You will explore your topic by utilizing the resources below, and by filling out the Google Doc for Day 1 below.
Developing a focused research question is a critical step in the research process. This question will guide your search for sources along your journey of gathering information.
Now that you have built background and working knowledge about your issue and created a research question, it's time to locate information to help you address your question and support your position. As you read articles and sources, you will need to document the information in an organized format.
The link below is to a Digital Note-taking Doc that you will fill out for EACH source you utilize in your research.
Need help with SEARCH TERMS?
Where to find sources:
www.neisd.net > Launchpad > Library Resources
If you use sources other than those in our school databases, it is important to evaluate their credibility. Several criteria should be examined to determine whether or not the source is reliable to use for research. Click the link below to access a checklist of criteria and questions to consider when evaluating Internet sources. (Make sure you are signed into your NEISD Google account to access)
Click the image below for many helpful tips for doing online research through Google.
The Purdue OWL's Information Regarding Annotated Bibliographies
Click HERE for MLA Sample annotated bibligraphies
From Purdue OWL:
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "References" or "Works Cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.
For help with MLA standards, please click the link below. You will find a sample paper in MLA format, a sample works cited page in MLA format, standards for citations, and more.
HOW TO CITE A BOOK SOURCE (FROM PURDUE OWL)
Last Name, First Name. Title of Book. City of Publication, Publisher, Publication Date.
EXAMPLE: Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. Penguin, 1987.
* the City of Publication should only be used if the book was published before 1900, if the publisher has offices in more than one country, or if the publisher is unknown in North America.