- Primary & Secondary Research
- Planning Your Research for ENG 119
Focusing Your Topic This activity gets students brainstorming their topics before they decide what keywords to use for research. Students are asked to think about the who, what, where, when, and why of their topics. After students brainstorm, they will define three major concepts and synonyms for those major concepts to use as keywords in their database research.
Developing Keywords to Search After students do the freewrite in the first question, questions 2 and 3 are then modeled on a large whiteboard with an example research question. After modeling how to break down a research question into major concepts and coming up with synonyms for each concept, students are asked to work independently on this. After a few minutes students can trade worksheets with a partner and add on to that students list of keywords or students can simply recall what they wrote down with feedback from the library instructor. Students use this worksheet to help them search for relevant articles on their topics.
Early Semester Personal Library Research Response For this assignment, you are to locate and describe sources relating to your own experience. Use library resources to find and describe two sources. Find and describe two sources related to one of the following three questions ...