How to Do a Research Project
Make a Research Plan
Step by Step
Quesper's planning model has five steps: Question, Search, Produce, Evaluate, and Reflect. It is circular because you may need to go through the process several times. The steps do not always follow in order. Evaluation and reflection are the keys to decisions about what you are learning.
QUESTION: Get a topic focus and questions
Advanced topic selection
SEARCH: Investigate where you will search and decide how you will begin.
PRODUCE: Decide how you will gather and record your information.
EVALUATE: Ask yourself three questions: Is my project complete? Is my project correct? Is my project comprehensive?
1. Check your instructions to be sure that you have included everything your teacher wanted you to include (Is it complete?)
2. Check more than one resource for facts and dates. Constantly check new information against old information and watch for discrepancies. When two sources say two different things about the same, action, person, event, place, or time, etc. try to find the most authoritative source. (Whom should you believe?) Try to find the most accurate information (Is it correct?).
3. Check to be sure you have included as much information on your topic as you can so that others understand why the topic is important, what the topic has to do with other topics being studied, how to information you found is related to the whole topic. (Is it comprehensive?)
REFLECT: Think back often about what you have learned or need to learn.
1. Think about what you learned about your topic.
2. Decide how well the research process worked. Think about ways you will revise.
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