Beyond the Note Card: Research in the 21st Century

It's a Process, not a Product!
Workshop Description and Objectives

Online tools and resources are changing the way we research. In this online workshop, we will explore how to conduct reliable scholarly research with online sources ranging from Web pages to online databases.

At the completion of this workshop, you will know strategies to involve your students in authentic research, including the following:
  • Aligning instruction with the grade 7-12 research TEKS in the new ELAR standards and the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards).
  • Implementing inquiry in the process of research rather than having students write a report.
  • Locating relevant information using both Internet searches and online library databases and evaluating information for relevance and reliability.
  • Practicing scholarly integrity, including how and when to summarize, paraphrase, use direct quotes, and how to cite sources correctly.
  • Writing the I-Search paper.
  • Creating multi-media presentations that convey a distinct point of view, appeals to a specific audience, and synthesizes information from multiple points of view and research sources.

Workshop Overview

Module One: Learning to Ask the Right Questions
  • Promoting 21st Century Learning
  • Implementing Inquiry
  • Aligning research instruction with secondary ELAR Research TEKS and College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)


Module Two: What’s the Plan?
  • Formulating a workable plan for engaging in research on a complex, multi-faceted topic
  • Using The I-Search Process


Module Three: Locating, Evaluating, & Synthesizing Information
  • Performing Internet searches
  • Evaluating Websites for Accuracy, Relevancy, Accuracy, & Authority
  • Using Library Databases
  • Practicing scholarly integrity
    • summarizing, paraphrasing, using direct quotes
    • citing sources


Module Four: Organizing & Presenting Ideas
  • Keeping a research learning log
  • Writing an I-Search paper
  • Planning and creating a multi-media presentation that convey a distinct point of view, appeals to a specific audience, and synthesizes information from multiple points of view and research sources.
  • Evaluating student work throughout the research process