In the Research Log, you will document the research that you have done to complete the first draft of your paper. Like writing, research helps you understand more about your topic, and about what you want to say about your topic.
At different points in the process, you will need to find information. At the beginning, you may need to find some general sources in order to learn a little more about your topic area. By the end of the process, you will be looking to explore specific ideas that support or challenge your thesis.
Keeping track of where you've been and what you've done as you move through the research process is an important habit to develop. It can keep you from having to repeat steps. As you learn more about your topic, you may find new avenues of exploration suggested by the resources you've collected.
Every one of the five assignments you will complete for the research log is designed to move you forward in gathering information for your paper. After completing each assignment you should have something you can use in your final paper: a question, a focus, or an information source.
You will access your Research Log using Blackboard. Each of the five assignments has its own link from Blackboard. Follow the instructions and submit your assignments electronically.
Your librarian will access the research log assignments a few days before the library session. In addition, any questions or problems you had during your research can be discussed during the library session.