Conducting Research and Gathering Information Worksheet

Research Writing – Research Process

Practice with this Conducting Research and Gathering Information Worksheet to improve your approach to research writing. Ten exercises involve asking questions, listing types of information and generating potential sources of information for a given topic.

Conducting Research and Gathering Information Worksheet

Instructions

For each of the exercises 1-8 below, use the provided topic for each to ask specific questions, consider the type of information you would need or determine where you could find it, depending on what each exercise asks you to provide. Answer the question presented to you in exercises 9-10.

  • Write two factual questions for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The media’s influence on public opinion

    Factual question#1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Factual question#2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Write two interpretive questions for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The media’s influence on public opinion

    Interpretive question#1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Interpretive question#2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Determine three types of information you could use for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The media’s influence on public opinion

    Type of information #1________________________________________________________
    Type of information #2________________________________________________________
    Type of information #3________________________________________________________

  • List three places (sources) where you could find information on the provided topic.

  • Topic: The media’s influence on public opinion

    Source of information #1_______________________________________________________
    Source of information #2_______________________________________________________
    Source of information #3_______________________________________________________

  • Write two factual questions for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The accessibility of health care to all U.S. citizens

    Factual question#1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Factual question#2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Write two interpretive questions for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The accessibility of health care to all U.S. citizens

    Interpretive question#1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Interpretive question#2 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Determine three types of information you could use for the provided topic.

  • Topic: The accessibility of health care to all U.S. citizens

    Type of information #1 ________________________________________________________
    Type of information #2 ________________________________________________________
    Type of information #3 ________________________________________________________

  • List three places (sources) where you could find information on the provided topic.

  • Topic: The accessibility of health care to all U.S. citizens

    Source of information #1_______________________________________________________
    Source of information #2_______________________________________________________
    Source of information #3_______________________________________________________

  • If your research paper was required to be 10-12 pages, do you think using the information you provided in questions 5-8 would provide enough information? Why are why not?

  • What other questions could you ask to shape additional research?