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TA 3900- Performance Research and Writing: Home

After Hours Research Help

What Researchers Do:

TOPIC – Define the research question/statement

SOURCES – Identify the information need. Do you need background information? Biographical information? Literary criticism? A scholarly journal article? etc. What databases would include this type of information on your topic?

KEYWORDS – Select the words you will be using to find information effectively and efficiently (Use a variety of words to describe your topic/concepts. Find subject headings that relate to your topic/concept).

EVALUATION – Evaluate information critically. Is the info relevant, reliable, current, appropriate?

USE--Organize, synthesize and communicate information to make your point/argument.

CITE--Ethically and legally access and use info by avoiding plagiarism and citing all your sources.

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