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Research strategy for informative writing.
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Developing a Final Product

Final Project

Your final project should grow out of your I-Search. Students draft, revise, edit, and publish an I-Search report.

The report may become the foundation for:

  • oral presentation
  • skit
  • poster
  • web page
  • a video
  • experiment
  • PowerPoint
  • collage
  • television commercial
  • or other exhibition of knowledge


*Remember to include a works cited/bibliography page.


Citation Link

Below is a link to the Mesa Public Schools Library Resource Center citation webpage.  


Final Product

Writing the I-Search Paper:

You may want to include in your paper: 

  •  What I Knew and Why I Investigated this Subject

It is important to record what you knew, and did not know, about your subject before you started your research. This helps to measure, at the end of your search, the distance you have covered. By exploring the reasons you are drawn to this area of investigation and what you hope to find out from it, you will establish clear goals for your final project.

  • What I Learned

This is the formal presentation of the knowledge that you have gained at the end of your search, the conclusions that you have drawn. 

  • Works Cited

This is the list of the sources of information that ultimately became part of your paper. Below is a link to the Mesa Public Schools Library Resource Centers citation help page.


A Word About Plagiarism



Derived from Greek and Latin terms for kidnapping

Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of someone else as your own without proper acknowledgement of the source. If you don't credit the author, you are committing a type of theft called plagiarism.

When you work on a research paper you will probably find supporting material for your paper from works by others. It's okay to use the ideas of other people, but you need to correctly credit them.

When you quote people -- or even when you summarize or paraphrase information found in books, articles, or web pages -- you must acknowledge the original author.

Examples of Plagiarism

  • Cut and paste passages from the Internet, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them. Warning! It is now very easy to search and find passages that have been copied from the Internet.
  • Use the words or ideas of another person without citing them.
  • Paraphrase that person's words without citing them.

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