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Task 2 - Conducting your background research

This task is due for the second lesson.

Both, task 2 and 3 must be fulfilled before next lesson.

Use your laboratory notebook to record the task.

Library work (Public Domain)



Doing a background research

Just at the beginning of your research, it is important to do some background research. Why?

  • To familiarize yourself with the subject.
  • To understand any terms associated with this.
  • To pick up ideas about different variables to test.
  • To provide the basis for predicting what will happen in the investigation .when making a hypothesis.
  • To provide the understanding needed to interpret and explain the results to others.

Based on: Science Buddies - Science Fair Project Background Research Plan

How to do your background research

Background research can be gathered first hand from sources such as interviews with a teacher or another person with specialized knowledge.

Or you can use other sources such as books, magazines, journals, newspapers, online documents…

Don’t forget to make a record of any resource used so that credits can be given in a bibliography!

See also:

Cool-Science-Projects.com - Science Project Research

Science Buddies - Science Fair Project Research Plan

Science Fair Central - Scientific Steps - Research