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Mr. Zibel - Freshmen Research Paper Period 8/9: Background, Keywords & Questions

Check for Understanding

I now have:

__ read a general article on my topic

__ definitions and explanations to understand my topic better

__ keywords written down to search

__ questions from my initial research

__ an essential question

Background Information: Your First Sources

Get Some Background Information:

Read one or two articles from a general encyclopedia (Britannica Online) or an online database.  Background information provides you with definitions, explanations, and terms related to the topic.

Note: Each of these databases provide you with the citation!


For Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare:
When using ABC-CLIO, choose the sub-database: World History: The Modern Era

For Elizabethan Theatre:
Try searching for the words theater and Elizabethan in World History in Context.
or try theater and Renaissance England in ABC-CLIO.  Choose the sub-database: Daily Life Through History.


Write down some keywords: These are the important words that you will search later.  They define your topic and are basic facts, concepts, terms, events, and/or people. 


Write a few questions that will be a starting point to your research. 
Start them with What, Where, When, Why, or How.

The Essential Question

Write an Essential Question:  A question that looks deeply into a subject for greater meaning.  It makes meaningful connections with prior learning and/or personal experiences.  It creates discussion and even more questions.  It can consider alternatives and justify answers.  It can't be answered with a sentence or two.

How did Shakespeare's childhood influence his writing?


You will use MLA format to cite your sources.  You need to register with easybib in order to save your citations.  When you register, enter the Montytech password to get the school account.