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How To Do Research: Choosing a Discussion Group


What to Expect...

As you focus on what you need...

you will feel optimistic

and confidence

to complete the

research projects.



Google & Wikipedia

Is Wikipedia Scholarly?

No, but it...

May give a helpful overview of a topic

May refer to sources written by scholars

See Using Wikipedia Wisely

More Than One!

   Look for scholars with
   different perspectives
   on your topic!

Scholars & Students

Choose a Discussion Group
with Scholars & Students
Who Discuss the Topic

What Is a Scholar?

1. Scholars study other scholars.

Scholarly vs. Popular

2. Scholars study primary material.

Primary vs. Secondary

3. Scholars are current.

Current vs. Dates

4. Scholars are unbiased - or at least they try to be!

Accurate (objective) vs. Biased (subjective)

Find out about their biases & background

Who Is a Scholar?

A scholar is a person who has done advanced study in a special field.
Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam Webster, 2008

1. Taught by other scholars. 

2. Graduated from schools with good reputations for


3. Writes high quality articles or gives good lectures.

Help Is Here!

If you don't know a Scholar for your topic, ask your teacher or librarian.

Information Need

Knowing what information you need will help you decide which discussion group to join.


1. Decide what

    information you need.


2. Choose a discussion

Which Scholars?

Scholars refer to other scholars in their writing and speaking.

Therefore, find who they each refer to and you have your discussion group!