Whether your students are researching for their Destination Imagination® Challenge or for a school project, learning how to find resources for a project is a valuable skill. Students will have to research to write papers, find jobs, and look for solutions. Below are some tips and resources to help students effectively and efficiently investigate and write about their topics.
Dustin M. Wax is a former contributing editor and project manager at Lifehack. He has the following researching tips from his article.
- Schedule: Write up a schedule with a series of milestones by a specific date and keep it.
- Start, don’t end, with Wikipedia: Wikipedia is a great place to start researching to find keywords and overview information related to your topic.
- Mine bibliographic: Once you found a good source, skim through the bibliography and note any resources which seem to relate to your research.
- Have a research question in mind: keep your research focused by working towards an answer to your question.
- Deal with one piece at a time: don’t try to tackle all aspects of your topic at once.
- Use a system: start researching with a plan to collect and organize your notes and resources.
- Know your resources: spend some time getting to know what resources you can access through your school, local library, etc.
- Ask for help: don’t be afraid to ask your librarian, teacher, or other students for help finding relevant materials for your topic.
- Carry an idea book: keep a small notebook and pen with you to jot down ideas.
- Bring it up to date: pay attention to the publication date of materials—ideally your references to come from the last 10 years or so.
One resource to help students research is the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) Research Guide. This guide is made up of 21 tip sheets that answer many different research topics. Access the CRLS Research Guide here.
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab, or OWL, is a great resource to answer questions about citation, formatting, and research. Take a look at their Conducting Research segment found HERE
BBC created Top Tips for Research Skills as part of their Key Skills module. Take a look at the BBC suggestions Here.
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