- Before you start searching for any information in books or on the web, think about your topic.
Write down what you want to know. Be as specific as possible. What angle are you taking on the
topic? Are you arguing for or against? The more you know about what you are looking for, the easier
the entire research process will be.
- What is your research strategy? How do you plan on looking for information? It is important
to identify potential sources of information, and that you look for information in different
types of resources. Don't just go to the web and settle for what you find there.
- You are about half-way through the search process. What was your original search strategy
and how has that changed over time? What have you been able to find and what are you having
difficulty with? What is your plan for finding the rest of the information that you need?
- Congratulations, you've finished your research project! How do you think you did in your
research? Reflect on your original research strategy. Was this a successful strategy?
What worked and what didn't work? What do you think you could have done differently to make
the process better? What will you do differently next time that you have a research assignment?