Research Your Subject
Sometimes you will need to gather facts from other resources. This is especially important for essays and reports.
Learn facts and details by reading about your subject in books and magazines and on websites.
Viewing and Listening
Watch TV programs, slide shows, and videos about your subject.
Explore the Internet for reliable, up-to-date information. (See pages 299–307.)
Ask an expert questions about your topic.
Talk with classmates and other people about your topic.
Using a Gathering Grid
Use a gathering grid like the one below to keep track of all of your gathering notes. (See the finished gathering grid in “Writing Research Reports,” page 257.)
Questions About Your Topic
Sources of Information