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Expert Researcher
Stage 1   Exploring
‚Äč‚ÄčInitiating Inquiry
  • ‚ÄčDo I understand the purpose for my research?
  • Do I know the steps I have to take?
  • What is my product?
  • Who is my audience?
  • What is the due dates for my plan?
  • How will it be assessed?
  • Have I prepared a portfolio to organize my project?‚Äč


Understanding the Assignment: an Purdue OWL resource


Time Management for High School Students



Choosing the Topic‚Äč
  • Do I have an overview of my project by exploring a variety of resources?
  • Have I brainstormed possible ideas for my topic to help develop a focus?
  • Is my idea manageable and meaningful to me?‚Äč
  • What do I already know about the topic?
  • What do I want know about it?
  • Where do I look for information?
  • Have I shared my ideas with others?‚Äč




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What information do I need? Advice Engine 

(Interactive tool)

 Modified KWL chart.pdfModified KWL chart.pdf

 Understanding the Assignment.rtfUnderstanding the Assignment.rtf

Learning Log.pdfLearning Log.pdf

Developing Questions‚Äč
  • Have I created thoughtful research questions to guide my research?
  • Have I made a list of possible keywords for searches?
  • Does my research have a specific focus? Can you clearly state it?‚Äč



Brainstorming Research Questions

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 Stage 2  Investigating
‚ÄčDesigning the Plan
  • Do I understand that I need to examine a variety of resources?
  • Do I know that different resources have different purposes?
  • Have I explored the Virtual Library?
  • Have I explored eLibrary Curriculum Edition?
  • Have I explored Destiny?
  • Do I know effective search techniques to get the best results?
  • Do I understand why and how to use directories, search engines and metasearch engines?‚Äč

‚ÄčSelecting the Information

  • Do I understand that I begin with general resources and move to specific resources
  • Did I skim and scan to help me select my resources?
  • Did I use primary and/or secondary sources to answer my inquiry questions?
  • Did I find the best resources for my inquiry questions not the ‚Äėjust good enough‚Äô resources?‚Äč



Reading Efficiently: Skimming and Scanning

Questioning the Text

Primary and Secondary Sources‚Äč

‚ÄčFormulating the Focus

  • Have I started to create my list of resources
  • Have I included citation details?
  • Have I saved or printed lists, articles, abstracts of the most appropriate resources?‚Äč
  • Have I shared what I have found with peers and/or teachers and teacher librarians?
  • Did I explore resources options suggested by them?
  • Have I conferenced with my teacher/teacher-librarian to explain my choice of resources?


APA Tracking Sheet.pdfAPA Tracking Sheet.pdf

MLA Tracking Sheet.pdfMLA Tracking Sheet.pdf




  Stage 3  Processing
‚ÄčAnalyzing Information
  • Have I evaluated my resources for relevance, accuracy, bias, currency and authority?
  • Have I taken good point form notes?
  • Have I included different viewpoints?
  • Have I included my own thoughts, ideas and questions?
  • Have I practiced academic honesty?
  • Have I found the answers to all of my questions?
  • Are my questions still valid? Do they need to change?
  • Have I shared my ideas with others?

‚ÄčEvaluating Ideas

  • Have I found the answers to all of my questions?
  • Does my information relate to my topic and focus?
  • Are my questions still valid? Do I need to adjust my questions, focus or plan?
  • Have I shared my ideas with others?



Small Group Discussion.pdfSmall Group Discussion.pdf‚Äč

Organizing and Synthesizing Findings‚Äč

  • Have I used graphic organizers and sub-topics to classify, sort and organize my information?
  • Have I used the organizers to look for patterns and relationships?
  • Do I need to use spreadsheets, charts and databases to organize and analyse my information?
  • Did I find relationships, trends and/or patterns in information I found?
  • Can I make a generalization?
  • Have I formed my own opinion based on my information?
  • Have I formulated an arguable thesis?
  • Can I justify it with convincing arguments?
  • Have I developed an outline to organize my work?



Evernote: Online Notetaking Tool

Zoho Online Notebook

Graphic Organizers for Research

Essay Planning and Writing



 Stage 4  Creating

Making and Presenting a Product

  • Have I developed a draft that is in an appropriate format?
  • Have I cited my sources within my text using parenthical citations (APA or MLA)?
  • Have Idocumented my sources at the end of my work (APA or MLA)?
  • Have I identified my audience?
  • Have I proofread my draft and made the necessary revisions?
  • Have I met all the project requirements?


  • Am I organized for the format required: oral, written or multimedia presentation?
  • Do I need charts, graphs and/or other visual aids?
  • Do I need presentation software?
  • Do I need equipment?
  • Have I encoporated good production and presentation skills?
  • Have I practised, received feedback and revised my presentation based on the feedback?‚Äč



APA Style Guide

MLA Style Guide

Presenting Your Ideas





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Assessing Product and Process

  • What new skills and knowledge have I learned?
  • What did I do well?
  • What would I change next time?
  • How did the research process help me with this project?
  • How could I improve the next time?
  • How will this new learning make a difference to me and/or to others?


Ways to Evaluate Your Work



‚ÄčExtending and Transferring Learning

  • How can I apply my new skills and knowledge to other subjects?
  • How can I apply my new skills and knowledge to my personal decisions and career choices?
  • What action could I take from this research?
  • Can I share my findings with other audiences in other ways?