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1.  Use a secondary source to find some background information on your topic 

2.  Print and email your source

3.  Write some notes about your source

4. Brainstorm about your research questions:  what is happening?  How is it happening?  Who is effected by this issue?  



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1.  Find and Analyze a Secondary Source

  • Who is the author?  Who is the publisher?
  • Does it include citations or references?
  • How does it relate to your research project?

2.  Create in-text and works cited list MLA citations

  • Create a citation for your works cited list in your PowerPoint
  • Pick one interesting fact to cite in your presentation




Draw a circle in the middle of a blank piece of paper.  Inside the circle, put your idea for a paper topic

Brainstorm as many questions as you can about your topic.  Try asking questions such as Why?  Who?  How?  When?  Where?  In what ways?

Look for broad questions that can be further divided into more narrow, specific questions.  If you run out of ideas as a friend or classmate for help -- what questions do they have about your topic?

Continue to narrow your topic by asking questions about culture, geography, demographics, time periods, and historical events.

Review your topic map.  Which questions are you most interested in?  Which are the best fit for your assignment?  Highlight keywords and phrases you can use to search for information on this topic.

Source:  UCLA Library Inquiry Labs

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