2. Conducting Research

Understanding the kinds of sources that are available and how to work with them will help you decide where to go for what kinds of information.

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2.1  Knowing the requirements of the assignment 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Knowing the requirements of the assignment

Knowing the requirements of the assignment

To fulfill your assignment, you’ll need to understand the deadlines, requirements, and goals your instructor has set.

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Consider your purpose, audience, and assignment

To effectively address your assignment, analyze the requirements along with what you know about your goals for writing and intended readers.

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    Understanding the assignment

    Understand the parameters and goals of your assignment.

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    Determining the assignment’s requirements

    Know some methods that will help you focus on your assignment’s requirements.

2.2  Comparing primary and secondary research 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Comparing primary and secondary research

Comparing primary and secondary research

Two different types of sources are helpful in research projects, and understanding how they differ will aid you as you determine how best to use them.

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Distinguish between primary and secondary sources

Deciding whether your project requires primary or secondary sources is necessary early on—depending on your discipline—to allow for relevant, effective support for your main points.

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    Evaluating types of sources

    Think about how to evaluate various sources.

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    Determining which sources are reliable

    Recognize the usefulness and reliability of various sources.

2.3  Developing a research plan and schedule 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Developing a research plan and schedule

Developing a research plan and schedule

Planning your project in stages will keep you focused on the right tasks at the right time.

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Prepare a research plan

Answer questions to think through your project and develop a clear strategy (and timeline) for research.

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    Following a research schedule

    Develop a schedule for conducting your research that keeps you on task.

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    Developing a research schedule

    Create deadlines that are conducive to both your writing style and the assignment.

2.4  Consulting print and online sources 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Consulting print and online sources

Consulting print and online sources

You can access a variety of online and print resources by using effective search techniques online.

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Locate print and online sources using keywords

Choosing the best starting point in the search for good sources can make a big difference in how long your research takes—and in how reliable the sources are you’ll find.

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    Determining a source’s value

    Consult the appropriate resources for your line of research.

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    Deciding which sources to use

    Determine how to access the most useful and relevant sources.

2.5  Taking precise, documented notes 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Taking precise, documented notes

Taking precise, documented notes

Choosing a system for taking notes gives you an organized approach to noting key points and making connections among important ideas.

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Take effective notes

Taking effective notes depends on capturing your insights as you read and preserving clear records about what you find.

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    Taking useful notes

    Take effective notes as you investigate your sources.

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    Note-taking strategies

    Know the best strategies for taking notes.