Research Guide

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Your goal in this first step should be to find a topic that actually interests you.  Research projects are long, multi-step processes, and you don't want to get bored by your chosen topic!  Try to connect to your own experiences, previous knowledge, or general curiosity about different subjects.  A fun place to start looking at topics is  This site is pack full of interesting facts, phenomenons, inventions, behaviors, and more.
TIP: When picking your topic, consider your audience.  Writers write with a real audience in mind!

Want a step-by-step plan to follow?  Need help getting organized?  Confused about the research steps?  Print off your own copy of the Research Process Workbook and keep it with you throughout your research project!

Research steps developed from the Pitts/Stripling Research Model & Christopher Lehman's Energize Research Reading & Writing