The process of conducting and presenting research has several steps.
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- Choose an unsolved mystery.
- Find facts and theories about the mystery.
Take notes from books, magazine articles, and the Internet. Keep track of your sources, especially the page numbers of print materials and the URL (Web address) of any online materials. Ask your teacher for a format for your notes.
- Think about what you have learned.
Do you have any unanswered questions? If you do, you may need to continue your research.
- Organize the material you have gathered into a useful form.
Some people like graphic organizers; some like outlines; some like lists. The important thing is to plan.
- Draft your paper.
Get your facts and ideas into written form. Be sure to indicate the source of facts, ideas, and phrases you found during your research, so that you avoid plagiarism.
- Think some more and revise your paper.
There is more to revising than checking spelling and punctuation, although those are also important. You might want to reorganize, or you might see that you need one or two more facts.
- Publish your work.
Ask your teacher about the form of your final draft.
- Celebrate a challenging job well done!
Hey, writing is hard work!