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QUEST Research and Writing Tools

Step 1: Question
Identify the purpose and audience
Step 2: Understand
Use available resources to plan an appropriate course of action
Step 3: Evidence
Collect and organize data from credible sources or experiments
Step 4: Synthesize
Analyze results to draw conclusions and assess validity
Step 5: Tell
Develop a product to effectively communicate research and results to identified audience
Research Project Worksheet (Word form)
Step 1: Question
Identify the purpose and audience
Topic Selection
Research Project Topic Ideas
Will This Topic Work? (Word form)

Thesis Statements

Create a Thesis Statement
Is My Thesis a Good One?

Questions for Research

Creating Research Questions


Step 2: Understand
Use available resources to plan an appropriate course of action
Source Selection
Types of Sources
Identifying Bias

Web Site Selection

Evaluation of Internet Site
Internet Site Evaluation Form (Word form)
CARS Website Source Evaluation (Word form)
Fake Sites

School Class Project Pages

 BGHS JHHS RMHS
EGHS PHS WHS

Locating Materials
Dewey Decimal Classification

Online - Searching Strategies

Identifying Search Terms
Internet Searching Strategies
Boolean Searching
Search Record Sheet (Word form)
     Sample (with directions)

Online - Subscription Databases

214 Library Resources

Online - Internet Use

Internet Search Engines
Invisible Web (IMSA)**

Step 3: Evidence
Collect and organize data from credible sources or experiments
Notetaking
Double Entry Journal Form (Word form)
Freshman Social Issue Double Entry Journal Form (Word form)
     Sample
Research Notes

Paraphrasing & Summarizing

Compare: Paraphrase & Summarize
Paraphrasing Strategies
Paraphrase Example

Step 4: Synthesize
Analyze results to draw conclusions and assess validity
Organizing Information
Outlining - General
Outlining - MEL-Con

Subject Area Help

History Projects
Science Projects

MLA Essay/Works Cited Help

Writing an MLA Paper
MLA Paper Template (Word form)
Writing an In-text Citation
Writing a Works Cited Page
Citation Makers




Step 5: Tell
Develop a product to effectively communicate research and results to identified audience
Presentation Guidelines
PowerPoint Guidelines

Speeches

Speech Guidelines

Writing

Introductions
Conclusions
Transition List
MEL-Con Writing
MEAT-Con Writing

Rubrics

Research Paper Rubric
Persuasive Paper Rubric

Project Checklists

Essay Checklist
 
 
** Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy links to modules of the 21st Century Information Fluency Project

     
 
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