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Research resources for Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education Students working on research projects.

How to choose a topic

If you are in an education course, you will probably have to limit your topic selection to something related to education but that still gives you a wide variety of subjects to choose from. While there is no perfect topic there are some questions you can ask yourself about a topic to help you determine if it is a good one for your particular research project.

Does it meet the requirements of your instructor and course?

If you decide to write about monster truck rallys for an Early Childhood Education class you might need to reconisder your topic.

What do you arleady know about your topic?

Writing down everything you already know will help you to sort out how you are going to present your thoughts about the topic in your project.

What do you want to know about the topic?

Write down any questions that you have about your topic.

Use your topic, what you already know, and questions about what you don't know as points to research for your paper.

Welcome to the Education Department LibGuide

Use this online guide to help you find sources for your research projects in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education. The yellow tabs at the top of the page will help you find information in books, articles, websites, and how to cite your sources in the correct format.

Education Orientation Video Fall 2017

Please follow these steps to complete your Education Orientation assignment. 

You will need to allow at least 10 minutes to complete the assignment.

 This assignment will be available until December 8, 2017.

1)  Watch the following video.  Please have a pen/pencil and paper available while viewing the video.  This video includes sound (adjust the volume as needed). Please use headphones if viewing it in the library.

  

 

2)  Print off the APA Citing PTC Databases and E-books handout.

3)  Complete and submit the Orientation Confirmation FormYou will not get credit for this assignment without submitting this form.
 
4) Provide email confirmation per instructions given by your instructor.

UA-PTC Libraries has Piaget Kits available for checkout.  Contact the library for more information!

        

 

The Research Process

A research paper or project can seem overwhelming at first. It helps to break it down into steps:

Step1: Determine your project's focus

Step 2: Locate appropriate sources

Step 3: Read sources and present that information in your project.

This guide is designed to help you do these things. Start with the Research Basics tab to learn how to focus your project and what makes up an appropriate and credible source. The Finding Books, Finding Articles and Web Sites tabs will guide you to locating these types of sources. The Citing Sources tab will help you cite your sources in the correct format.

Why do research?

So, why is research important and how can it help me?

In everyday life, research can help you in a variety of ways, from finding the best restaurants in a particular area to figuring out which kind of vehicle best meets your family's needs. 

Research is also important in college for a number of reasons, such as:  

  • Researching a topic and citing where you get your information makes your paper more credible since it shows you are backing up your thoughts with expert information.
  • Research increases your knowledge by giving you a more well-rounded view of a topic than you might have otherwise.
  • Research prevents accidental plagiarism, which can happen if someone takes credit for an idea that somebody else has already had.

Adapted from "Why is research important when writing a paper?" www.ehow.com

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