Write It! A Guide for Research

Write It! A Guide for Research

Write It! A Guide for Research

Write It! A Guide for Research

Synopsis

Leading students step-by-step through the research process required for writing term papers, this guide covers everything from reading for background information and keywords and applying advanced search techniques to evaluating information and developing a thesis statement. The book includes an MLA-based style manual with more than 35 sample citations for the types of sources most often used in academic assignments. In addition, this long-awaited revision has been completely updated to include search and citation techniques for electronic and Internet information. It also contains the new AASL/AECT Student Information Literacy Standards, a summary of the AECT Multimedia Guidelines, and a Teacher/LMS planning guide. Designed specifically for high school students, this user-friendly guide maintains the academic rigor demanded by top high schools. Grades 8-12 (and above).

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USING BACKGROUND READING

Research should always begin by surveying a topic through background reading to provide the researcher with basic information and to allow broadening or narrowing of the subject if necessary. An encyclopedia or textbook is a good starting point to gather general information and keywords that can be used later. While reading, it is a good idea to list names, dates, events, places, descriptive phrases, and synonyms that are relevant to the topic. Names may include people who lived during the time period or those who are involved in the topic. Historical time periods, geographic areas, and specific events are important to note. Synonyms and descriptive phrases allow the researcher to use standard terminology to locate information.

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