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Looking for assistance with a research project? Use the BVHS Library research guide!
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016 URL: http://bvhLearningCommons.bluevalleyk12.org/bvhsresearch Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Jessica Edwards

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How do I get started?

Visit the "Getting Started" page to find resources that cover:

  1. Narrowing your topic
  2. Formulating a research question
  3. Creating search terms
  4. Locating sources
  5. Forming a thesis statement
 

I can't find any information on my topic!

Need help finding information on your topic? The "Searching and Evaluating" page contains information on:

  1. How to use advanced search techniques
  2. How to determine whether or not a website is credible
  3. Where to find royalty-free images and music
 

How do I organize my information?

For help organizing the information you have found on your topic, visit the "Organization and Note-Taking" page.  Find resources on:

  1. Taking Notes
  2. Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  3. Using notecards, Google Docs, and EasyBib to create an outline.
 

What sources should I use?

Go to the "Sources" page to find links to databases for your subject area.  You will also see links to tutorials on using primary, secondary, scholarly, and peer-reviewed sources.

 

How should I format my essay and citations?

For guides, examples, and video tutorials on how to use APA and MLA formatting, visit the "Formatting and Citations" page.  

 

Welcome to the Research @BVHS Libguide!

Welcome to the Research @ BVHS Libguide! Browse this guide for resources, links, video tutorials, and anything else you might need to help with the research process.

 

The Research Process

Step 1: Identify the Task

  • What is the assignment asking you to do?
  • What type of product will you create?
  • What should the scope of your research be?
  • What is at stake with this research? Who will be interested in your findings?

Step 2: Formulate a Research Question

  • Create a question that will frame your research.
  • Determine what sub-questions you will need to answer to respond to this larger question.

Step 3: Generate Search Terms

  • What terms will you need to use when you begin your search?
  • Think of as many of these as possible so that you will have many items to choose from while you use the databases provided.

Step 4: Determine your Information-Seeking Strategy

  • Where do you think you will find information on this topic?
  • What types of sources will be helpful to you? 
  • Think of these ahead of time so that you will have an array of source types once your research is complete.

Step 5: Evaluate and Organize 

  • Evaluate the credibility and effectiveness of your sources (especially web sources).
  • Organize your findings before you begin writing so that your audience will follow your research easily. 

Step 6: Synthesize your Research

  • The final step! Combine the information you retreived so that it supports your claim. 
  • Don't forget to include what new knowledge you've created. Answer the "so what?!" question.
 

Researching with an Open Mind

Even though you may have an idea of your stance on a topic, try to approach your research as an investigator instead of simply finding sources that support your position.  Remember that ignoring counterarguments harms the credibility of your writing.  It is okay to change your position during the research process!

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