1a. Select a Topic1b. Develop Research Questions1c. Identify Keywords
2a. Find Background Information2b. Refine a Topic2c. Use Effective Search Strategies
3a. Find Books3b. Find Videos and Images3c. Find Articles3d. Find Popular and Newspaper Articles3e. Find Websites
4a. Source Evaluation4b. Primary vs. Secondary Sources4c. Types of Periodicals
5a. Plagiarism5b. Paraphrasing5c. Citation Style5d. Works Cited Examples5e. Copyright
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This guide is intended to provide you with information to successfully complete the research assignments for ANT221.  This page includes the assignment and resources that can be used.  Information under the tabs at the top of the page are there to provide you with additional information to help you with the process.  You will find hints and online tutorials under each tab to help you find appropriate information for your research paper.


Research Assignment

ANT221: Native People of North America

STEP 2: Write an outline with sources for your research paper.

DUE: BY THURSDAY, Feb. 10th, IN LECTURE.      It is worth: 50 points. 

YOU NEED TO PRODUCE THIS ON THE COMPUTER AND SAVE A COPY!  Back It up!!!  Keep working on it in this file.  *Insert page numbers.  Cover sheet is page zero.  Page 1 is first page of outline.

YOU NEED TO PRODUCE THIS ON THE COMPUTER AND SAVE A COPY!  Back It up!!!  Keep working on it in this file.  *Insert page numbers.  Cover sheet is page zero.  Page 1 is first page of outline.

 You have now chosen your topic and should have spent some time learning a little about that topic.  The general “angle” of your topic should be much narrower and nearly solidified at this point.  You should now force yourself to find what you are going to stick with until the paper is complete.  This is the time when you are finalizing your thoughts on what will be in the draft and ultimately the final paper.  You are now filling in the outline as you go with your literature and related discussion.  Again, as you write the paper, you will find more sources and you won’t need some of the ones you found in the beginning.  This formal outline will demonstrate that you have spent the time required to understand your topic, to find some good sources, and that you have actually read and understood what you have read on your topic.  If you have spent this time, you are beginning to narrow down the “big topic” that most of you chose, to something more manageable.  Work hard on this outline!  A good paper depends on a strong outline as well as good sources. 

With this formal outline, you must include academic sources  [Toni's Tip: You can find information on the characteristics of a scholarly source here.] related to the points you are trying to make in your paper.  You should be keeping track of what you have read.  Write down a brief description of important things you find in an article or on a website, etc. in a notebook as described above.  This will prevent you from repeating your work unnecessarily. 

Your citation style should follow the AAA Style Guide (or Chicago Manual or APA).  You have instructions on how to access theses styles. 

Peer-reviewed journals:  This simply means that the publication has been reviewed by experts in a discipline or field of study and accepted as legitimate and worthy pieces of original research.  There are very high standards of scholarship demanded in order to publish articles in such a journal.  You can find out if any journal is peer-reviewed by searching the journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory.

Literature Search Suggestions

This is the hardest part of writing!!  Don’t underestimate the amount of time it takes to get your material together in order to learn about a topic.  Be patient!  There are so many ways to find books, articles, and other sources it is difficult to give you a step-by-step.  Develop some key words to use in searching [Toni's Tip: Once you find an article or book, you can use the keywords or descriptors to go to more resources. These are hotlinked in the description of the book or article so you can go right to the additional source.]  Be broad at first and read what you find.  You are learning about how to define your research topic by searching terms.  Search for books and use the bibliographies at the end!!  Find one good article and use the bibliography at the end!!  Do not pay for articles.  What you need for this paper can be accessed through UK Libraries or online free. 

Some of you are starting to get pretty frustrated or even panicking at this point.  This is not unusual!  You have to maintain your patience because you may not realize just how much time it really takes to learn how and where to find academic sources.  You are allowed to use Internet sites but be careful about which ones you use!   


Wikipedia.com and Dictionary.com are not to be listed in your bib.  We all use these to try to get some ideas sometimes (key terms to search), and even to see what sources are listed on those topics.  But be very careful and investigate the legitimacy of those sources for these online articles.  Their sources must be peer-reviewed to be legitimate.  This is a little tricky!  There are no short cuts, unfortunately.  You have to make the effort!   

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Research Review

Please help us  help you!  We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes and complete this research review.  As a thank you for doing the form, Dr. McDonald will give you 5 points extra credit. If you cannot get to the form, please email me at Toni.Greider@uky.edu and I will see that you get a form to get the extra credit. 

Thank you!

Toni Greider




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