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Step by Step Research & Writing Page

Why the Step by Step Approach? 3

Step 1 - Getting Started - preparing for the assignment and getting ready to choose a topic 4

Scheduling Your Project - a worksheet 8

Step 2 - Discovering and Choosing a Topic - reading to become informed 9

Step 3 - Looking for and Forming a Focus - exploring your topic 11

Step 4 - Gathering Information - which clarifies and supports your focus 13

Step 5 - Preparing to Write - analyzing and organizing your information and forming a thesis statement 15

Step 6 - Writing the Paper - writing, revising and finalizing 17

Info Search

Where's the Information? 20

Learning to Research in the Library 21

Learning to Research on the Web 35

Skills for Online Searching 40

Information Found--and Not Found--on the Web 43

Search Strategy: Getting a Broad Overview of a Subject 47

Search Strategy: Finding Specific Information 49

Links to Online Resources 51

Bibliography - sources 53

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