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.
Gain a Basic Understanding of Your Topic
- Develop search terms:
- Umbrella terms
- List sub-topics:
- Web search
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.