Researchis what you do when you look for answers to questions on a topic. You "search" for information. Information can be found in different places such as books, atlases, almanacs, encyclopedias and online in databases and websites. Doing research is like being a detective who looks through a lot of information for important facts. You may need to read something two or three times before you understand what it means and what is important.
When you find useful information you must be careful not to copy or "plagiarize." To avoid plagiarizing, take notes (using the 3Bs: bullets, brief and by you) and keep a bibliography of your sources.
NOW! Are you ready to research? Follow these steps:
1. What is your topic? What questions do you have? What is the assignment? 2. Where can you find answers (information)? 3. READ to explore and decide if that is a good source for information. 4. READ to understand: what is the important information that answers my questions? 5. Write down important information in note form (3Bs). Record your sources in a bibliography. See: How to write a bibliography. 6. Report on the information you found as your teacher directed.
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