Directions: This sheet is your guide to conducting the research and writing the I-Search Paper.
Conducting the research:
Section 1-Presenting the Research Question
a.) Tell the reader what you hope to learn.
b.) Tell why the questions interest you.
c.) Explain why you changed questions if you did so during your research.
Section 2-Describe the Search Process
a.) How did you conduct your research? Where did you look first? Why?
b.) What surprises did you encounter in your research?
c.) Did a surprise change the way you approached your research questions? How?
Section 3-Tell What You Learned
a.) Explain what you learned about your original questions in an interesting way.
b.) Explain any additional questions that came up as a result of your research.
c.) Explain what you have learned about research from writing this paper.
Section 4-Tell what the results of your research mean to you?
a.) What are you going to do with the information you obtained in your research?
b.) How has finding this information changed you or how might it change you in
Section 5-Cite your Reference Works
a.) List your references (books, magazines, web sites, etc.) so that others can follow
up on what you have found.
b.) List bibliography in correct format, correctly alphabetized, capitalized and
punctuated. (You will be provided with sample bibliographies.)