#121 – The Importance of Preliminary Research

Tech Talk For Teachers October 11, 2022 12 min

The Importance of Preliminary Research 

In today’s episode, we’ll review the importance of preliminary research in the research process and offer some key steps your students can use in your classroom. For all the details, be sure to listen to the podcast. 

Paul Beckermann
PreK–12 Digital Learning Specialist
Podcast Host

Gain a Basic Understanding of Your Topic 

  • Develop search terms:
    • Synonyms
    • Sub-topics
    • Umbrella terms
  • List sub-topics:
    • Web search
    • Encyclopedia

Refine Your Research Plan 

  • Create a preliminary outline from your notes.
  • List important names, places, dates, and events.
  • Determine if your topic is narrow enough.

For more information about online reference materials, explore the AVID Open Access article Search and Seek Credible Information: Step 3 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process.