Research

Use the following tools and resources to complete your research project.
 
PLAN A RESEARCH PROJECT
Use the Research Project Calculator (RPC) to help plan out the steps needed to complete your research project.

  
Research Projecto Calculator


WRITE A RESEARCH QUESTION
Click on the infographic on the right to see how to write a research question - including narrowing or broadening your topic.
 

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Source: Electronic Library for Minnesota and Minnitex

 
MAP YOUR IDEAS
Use MindMeister to map your ideas and organize what you know. Available as a Google App.

  
MindMeister

 
RHS DATABASES
Use the RHS databases to find information on your topic.
 

  
Databases


WHAT TYPES OF SOURCES TO USE
Click on the infographic on the right to learn more about what types of sources to use for finding information
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Information cycle

Source: Electronic Library for Minnesota and Minnitex


SEARCH STRATEGIES
Watch the video Search Strategies to find out how to combine terms for better searching.

  

Source: Electronic Library for Minnesota and Minnitex

 
DETERMINE THE CREDIBILITY OF SOURCES
Use the CRAAP Test (link below) to decide if your sources are credible. Watch the video on the right to learn how.

CRAAP Test form
  



TAKING NOTES
Use Evernote to take notes and store them in the cloud so they can be accessed any time and anywhere you have an Internet connection. 

   
Evernote





EVERNOTE
 
COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE
Watch the video on the right to learn about copyright and fair use and how it applies to your project.
  


 
CITING SOURCES AND AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
Answer the questions in the tutorial on the right to see how well you know about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

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You Quote It... You Note It!