Regents Research Paper Procedural Checklist (draft) (a) Identify and become familiar with a general topic by engaging in preliminary

reading and research around the topic. Limit or expand the topic, as necessary. (b) Frame an inquiry question, problem, or hypothesis about the topic to set a direction for research. (c) Determine what information might be relevant, and where/how it can be found. (d) Gather and synthesize information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources with attention to their relevance, perspective and credibility. Take and organize notes from sources. (e) Synthesize information from across sources to deepen understanding of the topic, refining, narrowing and broadening paths of inquiry based on that growing understanding. (f) Refine a position or thesis that emerges from the research and is supported by multiple credible sources. (g) Draw on evidence from sources to create an outline that effectively organizes information to explain and support the thesis. (h) Write an initial draft expressing and supporting the thesis that responsibly incorporates sources based on an understanding of their perspectives, providing appropriate citations and avoiding plagiarism. (i) Revise and edit draft writing, refining and clarifying the thesis and organization as necessary. (j) Present research in finalized writing appropriate to context. task, grade level, and audience.

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