QUEST Research Process
"What do I want to know?" Spend time exploring many topics, brainstorming ideas, and figuring out the direction you want your project to take
"How can I find information that will help me the most?" Gather plenty of information from numerous sources - books, database articles, websites, videos, interviews, social media, everywhere! Ask your librarian or classroom teacher if you feel stuck.
"Which of these sources can really help me complete my project?" Especially consider the CARS checklist (scroll down) when determining whether or not they are reliable.
"Now that I know all this information, what have I learned and how has my own understanding of my topic changed?" If you're writing a paper, you are ready now to write your thesis and outline what you will argue in your body paragraphs.
"How can I present this information in a meaningful way?" Maybe your teacher is making you do a poster, but if not, consider whether you might like to create a website, infographic, series of blog entries, podcast, or other format for your project. See Mrs. Frost in the LMC for help.
Google Like a Boss
Use Google Scholar to search the web for only scholarly articles and studies.