As seen in the Learning Activities, conducting research can be a time-intensive process. However, there are various methods that may help you conduct research more efficiently. This evidence can be categorized as primary, secondary, or tertiary sources. Primary research is based on first-hand observations and interpretations; in secondary research, you have to rely on another writers ability to find and analyze information. Tertiary sources like encyclopedias and bibliographies offer overviews of a topic. It is ideal to have a research strategy or plan in place before jumping into looking for sources. In this Discussion, you will build your research strategy.
After completing the units Learning Activities, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:
- Include the revised version of your thesis statement for an argument for change in your community or workplace, and identify at least three search terms you can use in the Library or an Internet search engine to find sources to support that thesis statement.
- Find one source related to your topic. Is that source primary, secondary, or tertiary? What criteria will help you decide if this source is credible and useful for your research?
- Finally, create an APA formatted References page citation for the source.