An I-Search paper is a mindful introduction to doing research.
Instead of focusing on finding sources that support a thesis, an I-Search paper is all about the process. Through documentation and reflection, students can compare how their understanding of the pair of objects evolves as their knowledge about it deepens. They can examine their search strategies, to become better researchers in the future.
Research Reports are for more experienced researchers.
This more conventional essay allows students to explore the research resources available to them as Otis students. These databases may be different than the ones that the student used in high school, at a public library, or at another instruction. Students are still encouraged to reflect upon their search strategies, to become more efficient and effective researchers in the future.
This research report option is up to discretion of the faculty.
Locating information requires a combination of inquiry, discovery, and serendipity. There is no one size fits all source to find the needed information. Information discovery is nonlinear and iterative, requiring the use of abroad range of information sources and flexibility to pursuit alternate avenues as new understanding is developed. Depending on the information need and context, the learner may need to consult a variety of resources ranging from databases and books to observations and interviews.
Source information is RESTATED to support topic and includes TWO annotations that may be from books, database articles, or academic/museum/ professional websites.
Each annotation must include 3 of the following criteria:
The Student Learning Center (SLC) also provides drop-in tutoring. Be sure sure to check their current hours here.
You may also visit the Library for citation help, or use the Ask a Librarian form on the Library website.