The purpose of this guide is to help you find better information faster so you can hand in a good project. This guide will show you how to break down research tasks into more managemable chunks. Each "tab" will help you through various parts of the process.
FYI: The steps do not have to be done in order, however, you need to do each one for a complete project. Follow the tabs above through each one of the Big6 steps.
Assignment: You are a historical biographer writing an article for Smithsonian Magazine. For the upcoming American Revolution issue, you need to choose a significant person from this time period and explain his/her actions that contributed to the development of America’s political culture.
You will include:
an individually researched and written report about a self-selected person from the American Revolution
evidence of your person’s contributions to the development of the American political culture
a typed report, correctly formatted
a bibliography of at least three source citations, including print and non-print materials
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Write up a schedule with a series of milestones to reach by a certain date (read an encyclopedia article on my topic by December 1) and stick to it. You will pace yourself and each step you reach will give you a sense of accomplishment.
Google and Wikipedia are used by millions of people to look up information.
learning how to use the library and library information resources (print and online) will help you find more scholarly resources and will save you time. These resources are not free (like Google and Wikipedia) but are paid for through tax dollars.
Work smarter, not harder!