GCC LIBRARY WORKSHOP - The Research Process
Welcome! Video: The Research Process
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1. Conduct PREsearch = Use reference sources to gain background information
Today we'll work with the topic of renewable energy.
Look up "renewable energy" in one of the following reference sources (assigned by the instructor).
Write down 5 new words/concepts + 1 cool fact you learned by reading the reference article.
2. Create research question
The best research questions are ones that...
Write down a research question that relates to the topic of renewable energy. If you can't think of one quickly, then consider using:
"How can Californians use hydroelectric power without harming the environment?"
3. Search for information & evaluate what you find
First - Brainstorm useful search terms & related concepts. Consider synonyms, more broad concepts, more specific concepts, alternate spellings, slang terms, and/or scholarly terms.
Then - Use a library database to find articles or a library catalog to find books. Today, we'll use a helpful all-purpose database called Academic Search Complete. Answer questions on the provided worksheet (see below) about what you find and how you could change/improve your search strategies.
Wrap-up: What did you learn today? Please complete a short Post-Quiz.