Interpret Your Information

Interpret the information you have organized to make your own learning connections.

    Analyze your outline or map for relationships and gaps.

    • Relationships
      • Do any patterns emerge from the supporting ideas and details or examples? If so, do you need to change the sequence of your outline or map?
      • Is the topic covered from multiple perspectives?
    • Gaps
      • Does each topic have enough supporting ideas?
      • Does each supporting idea have enough details or examples?
      • If not, do more research or determine if the aspect is necessary to include at all.
      • Review your essential and focus questions. Does the information you found fully answer them?

      Synthesize the information to create your own ideas about the topic.

        • Draw conclusions based on the information. That means responding with your own thoughts, interpretations, or arguments. Include this in your outline or concept map.
        • Be sure to utilize the variety of helpful worksheets in the Resources box on the right.
        • Begin to think about your introduction and conclusion, and add those notes to your outline or concept map.

           

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          Watch the Incorporating Information from Sources into Your Research Paper tutorial for more information.
               

             

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            Now that you have created your information connections, it is time to create your project.