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How to Do Research for Middle and High School Students

What's Next?

You have completed your initial research and organized your finding into an outline to guide you towards creating a final product.  As a part of the research process you may have developed an argument or analyzed a problem in order to answer your research question.  At this stage of the process, you should be utilizing thinking and planning to help you record the results of your investigation.  Use your outline to help you plan your writing, think about the actual sentences you are creating and then be prepared to revise your work.  While you are writing, continue to think about the purpose of the project as well as your audience.

Thinking and Planning

How can I extend my thinking beyond my initial research?

What is synthesis? - video on synthesis from Utah State University Libraries

What is analysis? - step by step tutorial discussing analysis versus summary from Ashford University Writing Center


How can I improve my final product?

How to write a paper in 10 easy steps - a printable guide from Eastern Kentucky University Noel Studio

Editing and proofreading - an overview from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center

Checklist for Self- and Peer Editing - printable checklist from ReadWriteThink

Revising your content - overview from University of Kansas Libraries

Proofreading how to - checklist from Eastern Kentucky University Noel Studio

Revising for organization - overview from University of Kansas Libraries

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