Step II is researchthe gathering of information
supporting all sides of the question. The list of ideas
that you generated in Step I will help guide your collection
of information and ensure that you cover a wide range
of issues related to the question. You don't want to spend
a lot of your time searching for information on a single
topic and then not have time to research other important
issues. If one topic doesn't pan out, move on to another.
Research methods you might use:
- Internet research: a list of Internet links is provided at the end of the investigation
- perform your own Internet searches based on topics you listed from Step I
- conduct interviews with local resource people (store managers who purchase bags, landfill operators who see what happens to bags, environmental groups, scientists)
- consult traditional book resources from your school or local library
- conduct your own experiments on plastic and paper bags (capacity, strength, etc.)
Be sure to keep a log of all the information you research. Also, record the full reference for all information collected. This log should also be turned in with your final product.
2. In a single sentence, summarize the goal of this step. Record your ideas for research methods based on your interests and the resources available to you.