Researching the Honors Study Topic The Culture of Competition The Honors Study Topic Biennial: January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013 Fulfillment of Mission to encourage lifelong learning Cornerstone of Honors in Action Projects How To Begin • Honors Program Guide – Review 10 Themes – Select 1 Theme to Investigate • Honors Study Topic – The Culture of Competition – Begin with Overarching Question for Theme – Narrow Your Focus As You Go • At Least 8 Sources – Academic, Credible – Wide Variety of Viewpoints Steps to Success Create Research Team Invite Research Librarian Share Research as you Go Keep a Research Journal Reflect Early & Often What Questions Should I ask When I Analyze or Evaluate Sources? Primary Sources • Who wrote this, and why? • Who is the audience for • • this source? If this is a public document, was it a campaign speech, a policy statement, a judicial ruling? Was the author’s intention to educate/advocate? • Is the document • • propaganda? Is it a source issued by a special interest group or organization? What is the author’s point of view/slant? More Questions Secondary Sources • What are the author’s • • • credentials? Does the author have an obvious political or ideological bias? A hidden one? What claims does the author make? What interpretation does the author offer? • What evidence does • • the author provide to back up his/her argument? What is the context of your sources? Why do my sources disagree? Analyze Your Research • • • • • • • Review what you know. Develop a thesis, or main argument. Write a clear statement of your thesis. Consider the action(s) you can take given your conclusions. Keep an annotated bibliography as you go. Do you have enough variety in your sources? What do you still need to know? Be sure your HORSE (Honors Study Topic Research) comes before your CART (Action)! You’ve Reached Your Conclusions. Now What? Check To Be Sure Your Have Covered All Bases Develop Project Plan Decide with whom to Collaborate Reflect: Does Your Plan Follow From Your Research? Determine Leadership Roles Plan Specific Leadership Development Implement Plan, Evaluate Discuss Future Implications Write Reflections (2013 Hallmark Awards) Researching the Honors Study Topic Questions?