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MEGA English: Methods of Research for Understanding - Chapter Summary
Determining where and how to find sources of information for research topics is an important step in beginning a research project or essay. Explore ways to find and use information for better subject comprehension through the lessons in this chapter. The informative and engaging video lessons in this chapter cover topics including:
- Purpose and definition of research
- Creating broad questions for research projects and how to find the answers
- Adding supporting details to your research project
- Determining where to find accurate primary and secondary sources
- Gauging source credibility
- Using print and electronic sources for scientific research
- Paraphrasing, summarizing and quoting research sources
- Properly citing online sources and creating a works cited page for your project
Having accurate and reliable research information to present in your research project essay is crucial for the success of the project. After reviewing the information in this chapter, you will know several methods of finding, using and citing research. Utilize the quizzes at the end of each lesson and the chapter exam to self-assess your understanding of these methods. Each quiz has direct links back to specific points within the video to easily review information.
MEGA English: Methods of Research for Understanding Chapter Objectives
The Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) English exam is designed to ensure educators have the necessary skill and knowledge to teach this specific content area to students according to state standards and guidelines. The English exam is computer-based with 100 multiple-choice questions given in a two hour time period. This exam is divided into four domains, each encompassing specific competencies. The competencies regarding research methods are found in the Writing and Research domain, which accounts for 35% of the exam questions.
After studying and practicing the methods described in this study guide chapter, you will be prepared for this portion of the MEGA English exam. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exams as practice opportunities and revisit any information that needs review. Instructors are also available to answer any questions if they arise.
1. What is Research? - Definition, Purpose & Typical Researchers
Psychological research helps to shape our society - from the way we raise our children to the way we treat our criminals and military enemies. But what is research and who conducts it? This lesson explores the purposes of research in psychology and the individuals who observe, record, and alter our behavior.
2. How to Answer a Question with a Research Project
You have been given a question and your assignment is to answer it with a research project. But, where do you begin? What should you do first? This video lesson will respond to those queries in order to help you answer a question with a research project.
3. How to Create a Main Question for a Research Project
When given a research assignment, you often must first create a main question that will be the central focus of your project. This video lesson will help you create that main question.
4. Choose More Questions to Broaden a Research Project
You have created a research project. Now that you are finished, what type of extension questions can you create to broaden your topic? This video lesson will answer that question and help you extend your research project.
5. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples
Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.
6. Where to Find Primary Sources: Helping Students with Research
In this lesson we examine primary sources, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and some of the best ways to find good primary sources. A short quiz follows the lesson.
7. Secondary Source: Definition & Examples
What are secondary sources? Read this lesson to learn about these materials. You'll also find out how to determine whether or not a source is secondary.
8. Print & Electronic Sources for Scientific Research
Sources provide you with helpful background information that support your own work. You can find sources both online and in printed materials. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, so you'll need to consider which is best for you and your project.
9. Reliable Research: How to Determine If a Source is Credible & Accurate
Learn how to do research that is credible and accurate by evaluating your sources for how relevant the information is, how verifiable the information is, and how unbiased your source is after listening to this lesson on how to do reliable research!
10. Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing Your Research
Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are three important skills to master for writing in the academic and business world. These skills will help support claims and add credibility to your work.
11. How to Cite Online Sources
A large majority of research today is done online, so you'll need to cite web pages for your papers. In this video we will learn the proper way of citing online sources in both APA and MLA styles.
12. How to Make a Works Cited Page
You will have to cite your sources properly whenever you borrow words or ideas for a paper. One part of proper citation is the Works Cited page. This lesson shows you how to put one together.
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