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Ch 28: Reference Material Analysis

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Study this collection of fun and engaging lessons to practice analyzing reference materials. These lessons help you evaluate primary and secondary sources, reference books, graphs and more.

Reference Material Analysis - Chapter Summary

This effective study resource helps you practice analyzing a variety of reference materials. Inside the chapter, you'll find concise and engaging lessons that show you how to properly locate research materials, read citations, formulate hypotheses and evaluate your sources. You'll also examine methods to help you interpret data, come up with questions and arrange ideas into an outline. After finishing these lessons, you'll be able to:

  • Locate research materials
  • Interpret reference books
  • Read citations in texts and bibliographies
  • Recognize primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluate sources for research
  • Formulate historical questions and viable scientific hypotheses
  • Form hypotheses and questions about economic issues
  • Interpret scientific data problems
  • Analyze graphs and charts containing scientific data
  • Arrange ideas from a reading selection into an outline

These useful lessons present essential reference material definitions and topics in a straightforward and simple manner. This way, you can be sure you can take away the most important lesson concepts quickly and efficiently. Lesson quizzes are available to test your understanding of key definitions, and you can print out word-for-word lesson transcripts to review. If you get stuck, you can rewatch any lesson as many times as needed or you can reach out to our instructors with questions. The chapter is accessible on any computer, smartphone or tablet.

12 Lessons in Chapter 28: Reference Material Analysis
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Tips for Locating Research Materials

1. Tips for Locating Research Materials

The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

2. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Reference Book

Before the Internet existed, people used reference books to find answers to many of their questions. Reference books are still widely used, especially when doing research. Learn how to analyze and interpret them in this lesson.

How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

3. How to Read Citations in Texts and Bibliographies

This video will enable you to crack the code behind reading in-text citations and bibliographies. We'll see what citations look like and the important information they contain.

What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

4. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.

Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

6. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research

Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.

How to Formulate Historical Questions

7. How to Formulate Historical Questions

In this lesson, we will learn how to formulate historical questions. We will understand how historians engage in historical inquiry, what that process looks like, and why it is necessary.

Forming Hypotheses & Questions About Economic Issues

8. Forming Hypotheses & Questions About Economic Issues

This lesson discusses how to pose questions and formulate hypotheses about economic issues. Review examples to learn more about what works, then take a brief quiz.

Formulating a Viable Scientific Hypothesis

9. Formulating a Viable Scientific Hypothesis

Constructing a viable scientific hypothesis involves several different factors. In this lesson, you'll explore what separates a good hypothesis from a bad one and how to identify if your hypothesis has been formulated properly.

Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

10. Interpreting Tables of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Complex table problems getting you down? Multi-question, situational problems don't have to be a drag on your testing performance. Learn how to apply three simple rules as we walk through two table problems together.

Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

11. Interpreting Graphs and Charts of Scientific Data: Practice Problems

Do charts and graphs make problem-solving difficult? Complex problems with visual representations can drain your brain during a test. In this lesson, learn three simple rules for solving problems with charts and graphs. We'll try them out as we walk through two sample problems.

How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

12. How to Arrange Ideas in a Reading Selection in an Outline

Organizing ideas presented in a reading selection can seem like a tricky task. But, in this lesson, we'll discuss how to do this effectively and why it is an important skill to master.

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