ASIJ High School Research Philosophy & Process

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ASIJ Research Process Prezi

High School Research Philosophy

ASIJ Research Process Prezi  

Students, you engage in the research process to learn the skills necessary for college and life beyond!

To help you in your work, you can think about research as a process involving 3 major stages:

  1. Developing questions and planning inquiries:  Curiosity and good questions drive your inquiry.  You will have ample choice and opportunity to explore your interests and passions, to identify problems that you find compelling. You get to conduct research that allows you to explore topics and come to personally meaningful conclusions.  In performing research, you’ll see that some tools are the same in all of our subjects and you’ll make connections between them. And sometimes, you’ll apply the concepts, tools and habits of mind unique to each discipline or subject area.  For example, when you are in history, think like a  historian, in science, like a scientist, or in English like a literary critic!                 


  1. Evaluating and using evidence: You should immerse yourself in multiple sources and perspectives. As you do, work on developing organizational strategies for note-taking and capturing bibliographical information.  You want to ensure you are part of our Culture of Citation! And this part of the research process can be tough. Have the grit to keep going, even when you feel stuck.  During this stage, you will engage deeply and critically with sources. This means reading closely, taking notes, and thinking about the big ideas.  At times, you may find you have to go back and read some other background or start over. That’s ok. Research is an iterative process. In this stage, you’ll show you comprehend and can evaluate and use evidence in appropriate ways.

  1. Communicating conclusions or taking informed action: As you finish your exploration, you’ll compose compelling arguments and synthesize evidence to create  final products (e.g. papers, presentations etc.) Imagine your boss gave you a project and now you’re presenting it to the whole office, or to  your company/colleagues. You will demonstrate a strong awareness of context, audience and purpose -- that is, who is this for? What is the point? What format and language do I have to adopt? Remember, you want to  cite source material appropriately. Throughout the research process, you will work with other students and comment on their work-in-progress. This will help you reflect and prepare for you to get public critiques of your work.

The ASIJ Research Promise:  

Your teachers are committed to providing you with consistent instruction in, and application of, the research process.  You will routinely engage in parts of the research process, and sometimes the whole process.  Your teachers use a common language for elements of the research process so that you see how research in different subjects is connected; this will help you see how the stages of the research process are clear for each assignment.  Teachers will give you choice in research opportunities so that you can pursue topics interesting to you. Because your teachers will frequent exposure you to the skills and stages of research, and use a common language around research, you will feel well prepared for university when you leave ASIJ. You will discover that, rather than a solitary quest, research is a shared endeavor and an academic conversation in which you learn what others have said, you give credit where it’s due (attribute appropriately), and you contribute to the discussion in new and knowledgeable ways.  

ASIJ HS Acceptable Use Agreement


“College, Career, and Civic Life: Framework for Social Studies State Standards.” NCSS. Web. Accessed Oct. 26, 2013.

“Creative Research Ideas.” Learning Research Skills. British Library. Web. Accessed Oct. 28, 2013.

“Griffith Graduate Attributes: Research Toolkit.” GIHE. Web. Accessed Oct. 26, 2013.

This is a type of Research Cycle. Here are the steps written out. Mind you, this is a cycle. You can move back and forth as needs dictate.

I.  Developing Questions & Planning Inquiry
    • Topic
    • Problem
    • Passion
    • Scope
    • Purpose
Determine  Methodology for Inquiry

Consider Format for Final Product

II. Evaluating & Using Evidence

Find Reliable Sources

Evaluate Sources

Engage with Sources

          Begin to Develop Claims
Appropriate Evidence  (Commit to a Culture of Citation)

III. Communicating Conclusions

Formalize and Synthesize Argument(s)

Finalize Citations

Choose Genre
  • Written
  • Oral
  • Visual
Collaborate & Critique

Finally...present your findings

Create a positive Digital Footprint (our AUA)

Now for the nitty gritty.....

Using the Catalog and Databases    Accessing e-books in our collection    ASIJ Research Guides
Using Google and Other Search Engines   

How Do I Know I am Getting GOOD information?  Authenticate/Evaluate Your Resources!

How do I bookmark my sites?

Save all your best sites online.

Go to the Diigo Bookmarking Site

Or try Zotero for your citations and bookmarking. 

Evernote is great too!

Looking for great resources? 

Try our Databases.  Use your MOL login.
  • For Tutorials on how to use them, go here
  • Try our new college level database: EBSCO Academic Search Premier 
    Go to EBSCO on the databases page, and click EBSCOHost Web. Academic Search Premier is one of the options.
  • Two more high level databases are JSTOR and Questia.

Find a book, video or image in our library catalog  Click the high school catalog and login at the top.

Find a thesis to use in your research.

For Information on Google go HERE .  Take the Power Search course & learn tips and tricks.
Try Google Scholar for college level journals.

But here are some other cool Search Engines!

A computational knowledge engine that draws on multiple sources to answer user queries directly.This is really interesting
if you want mathematical results or statistics.
Wolfram Alpha Examples by Topic

If you are stuck, try these Creative Research Ideas from The British Library

Get your results in a visual format. Try RedZ