See It in Practice

In the video cast below, you’ll see our student writer discuss her research strategy and share some of the results of her work researching her question.

Video Transcript
Student says:

I think I chose pretty well for my research paper topic, as I was able to find some good sources for my paper.

I started with a Google search, and I tried out some of the internet searching strategies. Since there was so much information out there on my topic, I found using quotation marks around my search phrase really helped me get better results.

I was able to find one source in particular on the web that I think will work well for my paper. I feel this source, even though it is a web page, will work well because it is aimed toward the general public and could provide some excellent information at the beginning of my paper. I also like that this source provides me with information about the author, which I was able to verify. I am still not sure about using a source from the web, but I will check with my professor.

I definitely spent most of my time researching, looking for sources in the databases.

[moves cursor to database image]

Here, you can see the entry for one of the many articles I found in one of the databases. It is an article from a journal that focuses on education, and as you can see from the title, I think this is going to work well in my quest to find out how No Child Left Behind impacts American students, specifically their writing. This source lists ten effects, and one of them explored in this article is the effect on writing.

These are just a couple of my sources. I definitely have a lot to work with for my paper.

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