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Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library
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STEP 1: Investigate and Analyze the Assignment
* Don't waste time diving into research until you ask:
- Is it a report?
- Is it an analytical paper?
- Is it an argumentative paper?
* Type of assignment will determine what kind of research you need to do & how you need to organize & present that research in your paper.
- Basic report (describe and summarize
- Find info on the topic and present
- Analytical Paper (explain, compare, and contrast)
- Explore multiple aspects of topic & present your research findings without attempting to persuade the reader to take a stand
- Argumentative Paper (argue, persuade, and evaluate)
- Take a "stand" on a particular issue in your topic & use your research to support your argument
Choosing a Topic
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STEP 2: Identifying a topic
* What SHOULD you choose for a topic?
- Choose something that interests you.
- Even if the professor assigns you a topic - you can choose an aspect of that topic that interests you.
TURN YOUR TOPIC INTO A QUESTION
Now, ask your WHY is your topic IMPORTANT
List three to four reasons
This can help you highlight areas of focus for your paper
STEP 3: Writing a working thesis statement
* Plan to revise it several times as you learn more about your topic
- Keeps you focused
- Tells what its about
Poor thesis statement
- too vague and broad
- too local & narrow opinions
Forming your Research Question
- A good working thesis statement can often be converted into a question
- The question cannot be answered with a simple "YES" or "NO"
- The "search" of research efforts is to find sources that answer your research question
STEP 4: Searching for Information
* Some topics may be
for coverage in academic journals.
- BE flexible with the topic, thesis statement, & research question
PLAN! PLAN! PLAN! PLAN!
Variety of information sources
- encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, & handbooks
- Newspapers, journals, & magazines
- internet: statistics, government, & nonprofit websites
WOKSAPE TIPI LIBRARY
- historical information
- full-text online resources