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Eng 102 Roberts: Activity 1 & 2

Activity 1: What Issue Are You Researching in Your Chosen Career? Click the link & share with us!

Good Research Habits

  • Good Keywords: What are the most important concepts in your issue or your research question?  For example, if your question was "How do teachers work with students with disabilities?" Teaching or teachers and students with disabilities would be your primary concepts or keywords.
  • Keep Good Notes! Try to record your searches and the results (this is hard, but can prove a valuable time-saver if you can't do your searching all at one time).
  • More Keywords!  Don't get locked into your first set of keywords. As you search, remember to look for additional words that might be used to describe the issue you're talking about. What are the ways professionals talk about your topic? In the above example, educators would talk about students in more specific ways such as students with ADHD or students with autism or students with mobility issues. Those might all be keywords that could also be helpful or they could help you focus your paper.
  • Evaluate as You Go: As you look through your results, consider point-of-view and authority. Ask from what point-of-view is the author of this (blog, magazine article, scholarly journal article, newspaper letter to the editor) writing? What is this person's authority to speak on this topic? (Is she an expert? Has he interviewed experts? Has she experienced the issue first-hand?, etc.)

Activity 2: Keyword Brainstorming & Google

1. Brainstorm and write down (or send in an e-mail to yourself) as many keywords for your topic as you can think of at this point. Turn to your neighbor if you need help. Do this for at least 2 minutes.

2. Put the most promising keywords in Google and find one website that might be useful. Answer the below questions (in your head or on a piece of paper).

a) What about the information you found looks useful or relevant?

b) Who is the source of the information (name specifically the author, news outlet, or organization behind the website)? Who wrote the content you are reading?

c) Would this be a credible source? Why or why not?

d) Take a mental step back...what does the process of searching Google "tell" you about research?

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