Pre Research Paper Activities For High School

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Handouts: Information on key concepts & skills 
Worksheets: Exercises for students 
Activities: In-class activities to be facilitated by an instructor
Additional Resources 

More about information literacy. 

Handouts

Inquiry:
Top 10 Research Tips for IU Students:
Introduces key library resources and services
From Topic to Research Question: Steps in developing a topic and research questions
Narrowing a Topic: Steps in exploring and refining a research topic
Identifying Keywords: Tips on keyword searching in databases
Basic Search Tips: Search strategies and ways to narrow/broaden a search
Introduction to OneSearch@IU database: Tips for using this interdisciplinary database

Evaluation:
Evaluating Sources Rhetorically: 
Page 1: Questions for evaluating sources rhetorically; Page 2: Illustration of Bizup's BEAM model for rhetorical source use.
Evaluating Search Results: Tips for how to evaluate relevance of search results
Is It Scholarly?: Questions for evaluating if a source is scholarly
Know Your Sources (Portland Community College): Characteristics of a variety of online and academic source types to consider when selecting sources
Anatomy of a [Scientific] Scholarly Article(Capella University)
Reading a Scholarly Article: Tips on understanding and using scholarly articles
Primary Sources: What primary sources how and how they can be used
Useful Terms for Academic Research: Explains terms for different resource types

Knowledge Creation:
Using Evidence (IUB Writing Tutorial Services)
Develop a Thesis: Emphasizes the role of the research process in thesis development

Conversation:
Annotated Bibliographies (Univ. of New South Wales-Australia)
Literature Reviews (Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Staying Organized throughout the Research Process(Lake Forest College) 

Worksheets

Choosing a Topic and Search Terms: Word document from U. of Virginia
Searching OneSearch and Google: Guidance and questions on finding and evaluating sources through the library database OneSearch@IU and Google
Sources as Seeds: Use a “seed” source to identify other relevant sources.
Sources as Conversation: Explore sources as reflections of larger debates and discussions. 
Scholarly/Popular Source Comparison: Worksheet with guided questions for source evaluation
Web Evaluation: Guiding questions for evaluating websites relevant to a research topic
Preliminary Bibliography: Steps and guiding questions for developing a preliminary bibliography

Activities

Scope of a Research Question: Class activities on narrowing or broadening a research question and search strategy
Interpret a Citation: Explores citations as a way to locate and share sources

Additional Resources

Library Guides for Instructors
"Big Picture" Video Tutorials (NCSU)
Research Assignment Design
Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA)

by Alejandro S. Bernardo
University of Santo Tomas,
Philippines

Abstract
Research paper writing remains an uninteresting and unexciting activity for many university students. They may not have realized its indispensable value in their respective disciplines and target workplaces. Hence, teachers must provide more enticing and more motivating classroom-based writing tasks to spur students’ interest in producing varied academic texts. It is in this light that this paper proposes a number of “fun tasks” that teachers may use as their pre-writing tasks, lesson springboards or enrichment exercises when they teach the rudiments of academic writing or research paper production. The use of these “fun tasks” is based on the premise that cultivating students’ interest in research largely depends on the creativity of the teachers and the appeal of classroom activities and that learning could better take place when students are motivated and when they enjoy the learning process at the same time.


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