As seen in the Learning Activities, conducting research can be a time-intensive process. However, there are various methods that may help you conduct research more efficiently. This evidence can be categorized as primary or secondary sources. Primary research is based on first-hand observations and interpretations; in secondary research, you have to rely on another writer’s ability to find and analyze information. It is ideal to have a research strategy or plan in place before jumping into looking for sources. In this Discussion, you will build your research strategy.

After completing the unit’s Activities, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:

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  • Include your thesis statement for an argument for change in your community or workplace, and identify at least three search terms you can use in the KU Library or an Internet search engine to find sources to support that thesis statement.
  • How will you evaluate the credibility of the sources you find, particularly those on the Internet?
  • What primary sources might be helpful for addressing questions that your secondary sources cannot answer?