INQUIRY and STRATEGIES
Investigation: Action Plan
Create an action plan!
- Ask questions about the topic
- Identify the information needed to answer the questions (this is the INFORMATION NEED)
- Create a list of search terms (key words from the question and the information need)
- Develop a search strategy: Where will you look for the information needed? What types of resources will you use?
As you search, fine-tune the question and make sure you use a VARIETY of sources!
Identify the Problem & Ask Questions
How does immigrating to America impact families and influence traditional Indian culture?
Sub-topics for Potential Investigation:
- marriage ceremony
- naming ceremony
- daily Bengal life during the 1970's
- transition issues faced during the 60's, 70's, and 80's
- Indian influence on pop culture
- overview of major Indian religions
- Indian fashion
- Indian food
What information do you really need?
What is the purpose of the assignment? Who is the intended audience? How will you know when you have found enough high-quality information?
- Locate and search appropriate resources
- Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
- Think of synonyms
- Use Boolean searching
- Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
- Be creative
- Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!
Some search terms to try:
- "Indian immigrant"
- "pop culture"
- challenges, problems, issues
Example of a search phrase:
- "Indian immigrant" AND (America OR United States) AND impact
What is the best way to communicate the information?
Create an effective, insightful multimedia presentation that provides background information about the culture of India (as it relates to Indian immigrants and the inevitable clashes that immigration brings to a family).
Need presentation ideas? Click on the link below!
Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.
GVRL E-book Subcollection
Student Resources in Context (Gale/Cengage)
U.S. History in Context (Gale/Cengage)
National Geographic Magazine (1888-Current)
Free Online Resources
Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.
- Who is providing the information?
- Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
- What is the purpose of the site?
- When was the site last updated?
- What is the possible bias?
BIBLIOGRAPHIES & CITATIONS
When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.
Record Bibliographic Information
Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:
- Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
- Page number
- Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
- Publication date
- Name of subscription database (if used)
- Format (web, print)
- Date of access (if found online)