Read all the information you've found. Consider whether it will help answer your essential question or support your thesis statement. Think like a detective, and gather evidence and follow clues to support your case. If you don't have enough quality information for your research, ask a librarian. Librarians are experienced in finding quality resources and are happy to help you!
Look critically at the sources you've gathered. Ask these questions:
- Is the information accurate?
- Is the information biased or designed to sway opinion?
- Is the information up-to-date?
- Does the essential question or thesis statement need revision?
Choose the best information for your task. Think about primary and secondary sources, and use primary sources whenever possible. What is a primary source? Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event.
There are many ways to record the information you find. Here are a few: