Using the research model below, you need to document your research in your process journal.


Journal Activity 10: Identify Prior learning & Subject-Specific Knowledge

In your process journal identify what you already know about the goal for your project, the sources of your knowledge and how this will help you achieve your personal project goal. For example, prior-learning could be a night class, sports clinic, previous training or experience, etc.

Journal Activity #10: Prior Learning


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Journal Activity 11: Develop an Inquiry Question

So far you have generated a topic of interest. Now you must create a question to guide your investigation. Your question should relate to your chosen Global Context and your topic.

These are the elements of a strong inquiry question:

  1. The question is open to research to many perspectives.
  2. You don’t already know the answer, or the answer isn’t included in the question.
  3. The question has multiple possible answers when first asked.
  4. It has a clear focus, not too broad or narrow.
  5. The question should be reasonable and researchable

Check out the activities in the worksheet below before developing your inquiry question.

Journal Activity #11: Inquiry Question

Journal Activity 12: Research plan

The Inquiry question you developed so far is the broad question you are exploring in your personal project, and the research questions are specific questions you will need to ask in order to come up to your own conclusion about the inquiry question.
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Research is
  • using information you find to draw conclusions from (in other words, learn) and ultimately to develop your own perspectives
Research is not
  • cutting and pasting together several pieces of information and opinion from other people

Planning for research:
As part of your action plan, you need to begin by developing a research plan. Students should select relevant and reliable information from a variety of sources to develop the personal project. The number and type of resources will vary depending upon the nature of the project; however, to reach the highest achievement levels through investigating, students must select a range of sources and a variety of source types. Refer to the research guide for a list of resources.

Copy the action plan document below and complete the research plan under phase 2. You will later come back to this action plan and complete the planning for the other phases as you progress through your project.

Journal Activity #12: Research plan

Journal Activity 13: Primary Research planning

Read the article on the Purdue website about primary research, then complete the worksheet below to plan out your primary research..

Journal Activity #13: Primary research planning

Make sure to record your interview either on paper or digitally and write a transcript for your journal. You can use the template below to record the interview
Interview Template

Journal Activity 14: Collection of Research

Read/Review the following resources before you begin your research:

As you begin researching for your project, you must do the following:
  • Record information collected from each source in your process journal, along with annotations and possible uses (Journal Activity #14: Collection of Research)
  • Evaluate the validity of the data (Website Evaluation worksheet)
  • Decide what actions to take and when
  • Apply information throughout as you keep records in the process journal.
  • Record your decision-making
  • Make connections with prior knowledge and new knowledge in potentially unfamiliar situations and identify solutions

Copy the collection of research worksheet below in your process journal for each source in your research process. You will need to collect a minimum of 1 primary source and 5 secondary sources, one being a print source. Read the research guide section of this site to learn more about primary and secondary sources. Completing this information for each source will ensure that you have the necessary information to complete the Works Cited section of your Report.

Journal Activity #14: Collection of Research

Journal Activity 15: Evaluation of sources

How reliable are your web sources?
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The internet contains some extremely valuable, high-quality information sources - and it also contains some very unrealistic, biased sources of misinformation. Remember anyone who can manage to find some webspace can post a website. That puts a higher burden on you as a researcher to evaluate the quality of each website you use whether it's for a class assignment or your personal use.

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Review the Credible sources count Tutorial to learn more about how to evaluate the credibility of your sources. You may take notes using this graphic organizer.

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Use the Evaluating websites worksheet below to evaluate the validity of your web sources. It can either be completed digitally, or you can print several copies of the worksheet for each online source you use in your research and reflect in your process journal on what you learned about the reliability of your websites.

Journal Activity #15: Evaluating websites

Journal Activity 16: Documenting the Research

Create a Works Cited page using MLA format. You may use the built-in citation tools with Google Scholar or the databases at the digital library, or use an online citation maker such as easybib for generating your citations. Place a copy of the works cited page in your process journal, and make changes to it as you move further in your project.


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