RJ: #1 Reflecting on the Research Process
1. Think about research you’ve done for a major purchase, life decision (like where to go to college), or personal problem. Describe the process you used to find the information you needed.
2. Now think about academic research you may have done for an assignment in high school or college. How was your process for academic research different than for personal research?
3. How do you decide what information to trust when doing any type of research?
4. Do you enjoy research? Why or why not?
RJ #2: Academic Reading
(Assign after students have read “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”)
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
Nicholas Carr, the author of “Is Google Making Us Stupid” makes the following statement in his article: “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.”
RJ #3 (Initial): Using Google for Academic Research
(Assign after students watch four short videos embedded in a LibGuide, conduct a google search on a topic of their choice, and select a reputable article from their search results.)
How Google Search Works [3:15]
Google Search Tips [1:34]
Why Word Order Matters in Google [1:46]
Is this Website Credible? [3:53
Answer the following questions about using Google to search for information on your topic.
RJ #3 (Alternate): Using Google for Academic Research
Consider the following questions as you write your reflection.
RJ #4: What Kind of Information Do I Need? Understanding the Knowledge/Information Cycle
(Assign after students complete the Knowledge Cycle Tutorial.)
Knowledge Cycle Tutorial
Answer the following questions based on what you learned by completing the Knowledge Cycle Tutorial.
RJ #5: Research Questions: Avoiding Researcher Bias
(Assign after students participate in the Researcher Bias Lesson which includes watching a video about a student who conducted academic research about Bigfoot and discussing it in class.)
Researcher Mike Rugg talks about his Bigfoot Sightings and Academic Bias
After watching the Bigfoot video and discussing it in class, think about how you can avoid researcher bias as you begin searching for information. Answer these questions as you consider your research paper assignment.
RJ: #6 Developing Successful Research Topics/Questions
(Assign after students have participated in the Developing Successful Research Topics/Questions Lesson.)
Think about your potential research question.
RJ: #7 Library Visit / Source Evaluation
(Assign after students have attended an in-person library instruction session.)
RJ: #8 Research Challenges
(Assign after students have gathered sources for their research paper.)
By now you should have identified several sources that can be used to support your research.
RJ: #9 Incorporating Information in a Research Paper
(Assign after students have completed the first draft of their research paper.)
Now that you have written a complete draft, please answer the following questions:
RJ: #10 Final Research Reflection
(Assign after students have completed their final research paper.)
Think about the research you've done this semester in Writing 10 and answer each of the following questions.
Be sure that your answers are thoughtful and complete.