Published on November 15, 2007
The Research Process Putting the pieces together. Topic Subtopics Sources Read/Think/Select Notetake Sort & Number Notes
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Let’s focus on: Selecting Subtopics Subtopics
Concepts to Consider “ What do I want to know about my topic?” Where do they come from? Why are subtopics so important? How do I know if a subtopic is “good”? Subtopics focus research by answering the question: How many should I use? Subtopics
Subtopics focus your research: “ WHAT do I want to know about (my topic)?” Subtopics “ HOW do I create a plan to explore (my topic)?”
Why are subtopics so important? “ You have absolutely Because if you don’t have subtopics, NO idea what you are doing!” Subtopics
Subtopics become the plan for research! Like an architect’s blueprints, Or a doctor’s x-ray, Subtopic Subtopic Subtopic Subtopics Topic
How do I know if a subtopic is “good”? Information Subtopics
Where do subtopics come from? General subtopics Specific subtopics can be brainstormed. must be pre-searched. subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics Subtopics
General subtopics examples: Person: Early life, Education, Accomplishments, Later life Place: Origin, History, Leaders, Economy, Culture, etc. Thing: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How Subtopics
This simple story explains general subtopics: A little boy walks into the elementary school library and asks the library media teacher for help because he’s writing a report about dinosaurs. Seeing the difficulty of too much information, the LMT asks, “Perhaps you want to know about its body--what it looked like?” “ Yes, I do!,” said the little boy. “ Maybe you want to know what it ate?,” she asks. “ Yes, my teacher said I need to include that.” “ Maybe you want to know where it lived?” As you can see, the library teacher was guiding him to choose subtopics in order to filter information. Subtopics
Specific subtopics examples: Early life, Surveyor, Soldier, General, President Gallo-Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment Inventor, Uses, Improvements Paris: Photovoltaic cell: George Washington: “ I need to search for specific ways to tackle this topic.” Subtopics
Look for specific subtopics in: Just like topics, “ pre-search” to research! subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics subtopics Book’s table of contents Encyclopedia’s bold subheads Textbook’s units and chapter titles Internet web site’s index or subsections Subtopics
How many subtopics should I use? How do I start? How can I adjust? Budget your time according to when your project is due. You or your teacher can judge your ability to access, evaluate, and use information, Fewer days of research = fewer subtopics “ So in a week, can I do ten subtopics?” Well, can you? and your motivation to complete tasks! Subtopics
Remember, subtopics are the guideposts on the road to to information management. subtopic subtopic subtopic subtopic
1.The Research Process Putting the pieces together. Topic Subtopics Sources Read/Think/Select Notetake Sort & Number Notes
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