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So you want to learn to research well Jordan Zimmermann Tigers Jersey , and not waste any time. Let's do it. Here are a few NECESSARY preliminary points.


First, adopt an aggressive I-am-taking-over-this-place mindset.


2. Develop a system for executing the research process. By creating your own rules to follow systematically, you really speed things up. Don't have one? No worries. You can use mine. I happen to have "research animal" stamped on my forehead.


3. Follow the rules. You can tweek them to suit your own style after a couple of runs with this method. But these make for great training wheels.


4. Before going into battle, always ready your weapons.


Do not go near a library or desk to start research unless and until everything you will need sits neatly arranged all about you for quick access. This one is your call. I use 2 or 3 pens and a pad of paper to scratch out notes and thoughts, and a pack of index cards for especially important notes. Then come the highlighters. In college Jack Morris Tigers Jersey , I used to work the highlighters until they overheated.


Some people like sticky notes (post-its). You can stick 'em all around you as you work. You will want a rolodex and a phone nearby in case you have to call someone you know to ask questions. For instance, if you have a specially-gifted techie friend in your inner circle, or know a professor, you may want to put him on speed dial. Think a bit about anything else you might need. Some folks study and research well to music, so get your headphones if you need them. Okay Willie Horton Tigers Jersey , here we have the system lined up for you.


PART #1: Begin Reconnaissance. You're going in.


A. Get an overview and "contextualize" your topic. Learn its timeline of events and the major historical factors associated with it. When did it happen? What did it do? Why do people care about it at all? Find a short article that outlines the history of, or at least offers a timeline for, your topic. Everything has a history, and gaining a quick overview of your topic's chronology will give you the context into which all your other sources will fit.


B. Next, ride the wave. This is the surfing and browsing stage. Start with what you know. Pick out words associated with your topic or subject and Google them. When you land a starting topic (you can change this as you go Denny McLain Tigers Jersey , no worries. Just start somewhere.), use online encyclopedias and other resources to get a "quick snapshot" of the general views on the subject that exist out there already. Try to see your subject from as many angles as possible, as it were, "walking all the way round it," inspecting as you go. Ask questions in your head Lance Parrish Tigers Jersey , or even out loud like I do (caution: this may scare people), and put them down on paper in a special spot. Slap a sticky note on it that reads "QUESTIONS I HAVE."


To aid and abet developing a "snapshot overview," start looking up books on the topic. Find 10 of them. Note the titles on maybe 50 books -- if you can find that many -- about your subject or topic. Note the overlap in words used in the titles about your topic. This will give you a quick idea about who or what this topic means to others who have already studied it.


Next, read the bibliographies of books. One good book can give you 5-10 great leads you might never have found otherwise. Note the titles that show up repeatedly in different bibliographies. In research geekspeak this is "bibbo," bibliographic overlap. Bibbo identifies your IRT's -- Initial Research Targets. Photocopy or print out from your IRT's: the table of contents; the first chapter; a middle chapter that looks interesting or helpful; and the final chapter. Then read these and highlight the Dickens out of them. This gives you a snapshot Sparky Anderson Tigers Jersey , and a working knowledge, of the entire book extremely fast. It works too. Use your scribbled out question set as a filter for "what to look for" -- and highlight or take notes on -- when reading your IRT's. Write down any further questions that develop. These can be as simple as "Who is that guy?" Let your curiosity guide you, and let the sticky notes FLY!!


Next, read journal and magazine articles. How do you find these? Try checking your Bibbo. Or just follow any that you think might land you somewhere interesting. Play the detective. Follow your nose if you smell a good lead.


PART #2: Compile and organize your sources.


Use the old-fashioned vanilla file folders and mark them up, so you know which is what. Then get a file box to keep them handy.


PART#3: Determine which are the most relevant features of your topic from its effects or imlplications in 3 different areas of study. For instance Miguel Cabrera Tigers Jersey , if your topic reads, "Interesting stuff about World War II," then you will need to ask and study questions like, "Who did it cost, and how much did it cost them Christin Stewart Tigers Jersey , to have this war?" Follow the money (economics). Then, you might ask "How did this war change the mindset or values of American society" (sociology or philosophy). Finally, ask maybe, "What inventions did Europeans develop to fight this war?" (technology).


By looking at your topic from at least three disciplinary viewpoints, you will gain a broad understanding of it Nick Castellanos Tigers Jersey , and find yourself -- somewhat suddenly -- asking GREAT questions about it.


PART#4: Find and choose a controversial feature of topic, and choose a side of the issue.


Write down your viewpoint in one sentence. This we call your "thesis." Arguing this point well now constitutes your "objective." Ask the question of your thesis, "How do you know this is the case?" Ask this three times. Each time you ask it, give a brief answer in writing from one of your three areas you chose. Each answer must reflect views formed from a different area.


PART#5: Next, Re-read or skim your sources to develop an outline (in order to support your three points offered in defense of your thesis). Now pull out the photocopied (or printed out) chapters from your IRT's and highlight and scr When kidneys ar. Cheap Shirts   Cheap Shirts   Cheap Shirts   Cheap Nike NFL Hoodies   Cheap Nike NBA Hats   Cheap NCAA Shirts China   Cheap MLB Hats China   Wholesale College Jerseys   Cheap Soccer Jerseys   Cheap Hockey Jerseys China  

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