Take notes and collect information from a variety of sources before you begin working on your final project. This is important for two reasons:
As you conduct your research, it is important to stay organized. It will not only keep you focused on the research at hand, but will save you valuable time when it comes to writing/creating your paper/project and citing your sources.
There are two major things you will want to do to stay organized:
Writing research papers can be challenging but if you follow along to the advice in this section, the process will be quicker, more efficient, and with any luck, easier.
Summarizing is restating the main ideas in as few words as possible.
A good strategy for summarizing, as opposed to paraphrasing or restating is Somebody Wanted But So:
Paraphrasing is your way of explaining the key information you have learned, whether from something you read, a documentary video, a teacher's lecture, or another source. Paraphrasing is more detailed than summarizing.
Paraphrasing is often described as putting important information "in your own words."
(Tip: if you discover that you have difficulty explaining what you have read, you probably need to either re-read the information or find another source that explains the information more clearly.)
More information on paraphrasing from Purdue OWL.
#A5 p.35: 76.69% of the hyperlinks selected from homepage are for articles and the catalog
#B2 p.76: online library guides evolved from the paper pathfinders of the 1960's
To create an outline:
Thesis: Federal regulations need to foster laws that will help protect wetlands, restore those that have been destroyed, and take measures to improve the damage from overdevelopment.
I. Nature's ecosystem
A. Loss of wetlands nationally
B. Loss of wetlands in Illinois
1. More flooding and poorer water quality
2. Lost ability to prevent floods, clean water and store water
II. Dramatic floods
A, Cost in dollars and lives
1. 13 deaths between 1988 and 1998
B. Great Midwestern Flood of 1993
1. Lost wetlands in IL
2. Devastation in some states
III. Wetland laws
A. Inadequately informed legislators
2. Interconnections in natural water systems
B. Water purification
IV. Need to save wetlands
A. New federal definition