According to the QCAA Syllabus glossary, a Claim is an assertion made without any accompanying evidence to support it,
CLAIM FOR THIS TASK: 'Energy drinks should be restricted to those above 15 years of age'.
POSSIBLE SPECIFIC RESEARCH QUESTION: 'To what extent do energy drinks have a negative effect on the …….. system of the body'. (You might look at Mental health, Risk-seeking behaviour, Increased blood pressure, Obesity, Tooth erosion, Adverse cardiovascular effects and Kidney damage).
A Research Question is defined as ‘A question that directs the scientific inquiry activity. Its purpose is to focus the research investigation, inform the direction of the research, and guide all stages of inquiry, analysis, interpretation and evaluation’. It should:
1.3.1 Include measurable variables – the independent and dependent variables
1.3.2 Have a guiding word, such as what, why, would or will
1.3.3 Be phrased so that a definitive answer can be developed
1.3.4 Be able to link the guiding word to verbs such as identify, describe, compare, contrast, distinguish, analyse, evaluate or create so that a specific task can be determined
AJC Journal: A Collection of Articles on Energy Drinks
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Google Books can be very frustrating because often much of the book is missing and you are expected to purchase it to read the full content. So after you put in your search term you are interested in (eg biodiesel), and get some results up, you should then go immediately to the (on the left - above 'About this box') and type in a particular word or term you are interested in (eg CO2 emissions OR methanol) you should get a number of pages pop up. Choose one that looks useful - you should get some good results this way!
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The QCAA website has exemplars of the sorts of research assignments you need to produce. This is the Biology one which might help you understand what you need to do!
1. Use (Control + Find) to search for particular terms easily in a long document, whether from a website or a database article.
2. Use a Boolean command - put to limit and improve your results eg "energy drinks problems".
3. Use to search in Google for only pdf articles - "plastic pollution" filetype:pdf - will force Google to return results on plastic pollution which are pdf articles (PDFs are great sources sometimes deeply buried in Google results and remain unseen).
4. Use a Google command eg OR eg biodiesel site:edu
5. when it is not clear who the author / authority is, go to the end of the URL in the Google search box, cut back to the first forward slash (/) and hit 'Enter'. This will take you to the Home Page of the website, and you can see the full name of the source.
6. Use a Google command After you get your results, choose the Google Menu Bar, and choose 'Tools'. Then on the far left, at the drop-down menu next to 'Any Time', you can choose 'Within the last year' (or less, if you prefer), but generally, you can choose 'Custom Range' at the bottom, as often the last 3 years would be sufficient for a recent search.
Currency: Timeliness of the information
|Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
Authority: Source of the information
Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information
Purpose: Reason the information exists
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