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Develop a Research Question
Reference Sources: Databases & Websites
Logins for all VLC databases are found on the back of the VLC Bookmark.
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Gr. 7-8 Research Template
This handout takes students through the stages of the Research Process and provides working space for them to develop their Research Question.
Identify Your Research Question: K-N-R Worksheet
Provided by the Waterloo District School Board, this template, with slight modification, will help UCDSB students define their research question based on what they know and what they need to know.
The Inquiry Process: Diagram
Created by educators in Australia, this diagram is helpful for teachers & students as they embark on the Inquiry Process.
Steps to Develop a Research Question & to get Started on your Search
Begin your research by doing background reading, this will give you an overview of your topic. You need to use Reference Sources! They help you discover:
terminology & definitions
Based on the information found in your background reading, identify a s pecific topic that you would like to learn more about. Your final Research Question should help you to dive deep into this topic.
Here's what to do:
Use mind-mapping or brainstorming techniques and tools to help you figure out how what you learned in your brainstorming could be part of your topic. See the links below.
Write a few different questions that you could ask about this topic. Use different question starters to help you! See the file below.
Mind-Mapping or Brainstorming Tools:
Find similar words, broader words, and narrower words for each of the keywords in your Research Question. These will become your search terms.
Here's what to do:
Identify the keywords in your Research Question (underline or highlight them)
Insert these keywords into a "Search Term Chart" like the one below
Look-up these keywords in a dictionary or thesaurus
Research Question: What attitudes permitted slavery to exist in colonial Canada?
Search Term Chart:
Why can't I just "Google it?"
It is much harder to i Stay Safe Online f you just "Google It." Not all information found on the internet is . reliable
Almost anyone can post information on the internet. Sometimes people want to sell you something, or they may not be telling you the truth about who they are.
"On the internet nobody knows you're a dog."
By Peter Steiner in
The New Yorker, 1993.
Learn more by reading the Websites vs. VLC Databases handout below.
Websites vs. VLC Databases
Why should I use databases when I can just search the web?
- We all know that you are asking this question. Read this comparison to find out!
Gr. 7-8: Ask Us/Demande Moi