Embarking on the Research Process
On this page, you will be find links to all manual styles as well as links to helpful databases available to you at home or school. Most importantly, the handouts included will help with the following: understanding, choosing, and validating resources; compiling excellent note & bib cards; avoiding accidental plagiarism; creating an annotated bibliography; writing a formal outline. Most of your time will be spent working through the strategies noted here.
You will spend the most time on this section of the website, and rightly so. Conducting research efficiently, correctly, and thoroughly is essential, and this part of the website is dedicated to helping you set up your personal process for research.
Before venturing into the attachments on this page, keep your specific manual style guide close to you at all times or the link bookmarked on your home computer or laptop. In particular, the OWL site for MLA will provide you with a tab bar on the left that will give you examples of different entries for your bibliography. They can be very helpful in helping you construct your bib cards, note cards, and annotated/final bibliography:
It is important that you not only read these documents in their entirety but also follow them in the general order they are presented here. Failure to do so may result in serious researching errors resulting in improper citation, plagiarism, and extra work as you backtrack over your mistakes. One of your first assignments for your late-spring supervisor meeting is to construct an annotated bibliography, so this is presented first.
Then, before you begin doing any research, please print and read the handouts: "Navigating the World of Research," and "How to Successfully Conduct Research Note-taking." It is futile to begin a process until you have a good understanding of how to evaluate sources, where to find them, which ones are best suited for your EE, and how to create workable note and bib cards. The handouts "How to Create an Effective Annotated Bibliography" and "How to Construct an Effective Timeline" are essential because both of these are due at your last spring conference with your EE supervisor. Detailed instructions will provide you with everything you need. Finally, the handout on avoiding accidental plagiarism and constructing an appendix is important for all students to read, though these will not take as long as the others.
Navigating the World of Research Download File
History EE Tracking Historiography and Academic Context Download File
How to Successfully Conduct Research Note-taking Download File
How to Avoid Accidental Plagiarism Download File
How to Construct an Effective Annotated Bibliography Download File
How to Construct an Effective Outline Download File
How to Construct an Effective Appendix Download File