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This guide is designed to help you find the best sources for your Remaking America research paper. Begin by using the information on this tab, then use the tabs above to find pertinent links to information that will help you through each step of the research process. Have fun!
Copy this worksheet to keep track of the research process!
Get a brief overview of your topic ideas. This will help you figure out which topic will be best for you.
Spend no more than 5-10 minutes doing this. Be sure to take notes and add ideas and terms to your brainstorm list (probably on a sticky).
Remember, good topics are interesting to you, the researcher, so dig around to find something that really sparks your interest!
Write down what you already know. This may include:
Names of key players
What issues led up to this issue?
This step is meant to take an inventory of what you already know: key terms, people, etc. Keep this as a dynamic document (a sticky is a great idea) that you can add to and refer to throughout the research process.
Use this tool to brainstorm keywords!
Dive deeper into your topic.
Search for sources.
Spend 15-20 minutes at a time searching for information. If you haven’t found anything great in 20 minutes, email Sarah to get back on track!
This is the most important research step! Read the sources you’ve collected so far.
Start to make a source wishlist: do you need more primary sources? a quote from a particular politician? a book from an expert?
After this, you'll continue to repeat steps 5 & 6 until the research is complete.