After you have worked to INTERPRET your information, you will COMMUNICATE your findings in some final product, being sure to CITE all evidence you use, giving credit to your sources.
Besides the traditional research paper, there are many ways to share research, including:
Your teacher may assign a specific project, or you may have some choice. See the suggested technology tools for more ideas. Keep your audience in mind. A research paper on the impact of George Washington’s leadership on the early United States would be written in a very different tone than a children's book on George Washington’s presidency. Expectations differ between the disciplines. A poster for your English class may have large type and fun graphics, while in science, a poster may be a formal academic presentation with more text and technical charts and graphs to present data.
Whatever the product, your goal is to COMMUNICATE, sharing the results of your research: your original conclusions and arguments drawing upon the evidence and data you have discovered and the connections you have made.
And in all cases, plan to CITE any ideas and information you take from outside sources. If you kept good notes all along, this will be easy. At Keefe Tech, you will most often use MLA (Modern Language Association) style with a few exceptions, where APA (American Psychological Association) may be used. Read on to learn the mechanics of citation and how to avoid plagiarism.
As you conclude this phase, researchers usually feel a sense of relief and satisfaction! You've come a long way.