Welcome! You've found a research guide for the Application Project assignment in BIO 100 at CCC. These pages are full of (hopefully) amazingly helpful tips, links, search boxes, and other resources. Its aim is to support your work on this project and make it easier for you to get help when you need it.
Unlike most research assignments, where you may be asked to explore a topic that you have little to no interest in, an I-Search asks you to research something that really matters to you. You should be able to tell your audience how doing the I-Search pertains to or affects your life.
The best way to go about this is to come up with a very specific research question; then your paper can very clearly explain what exactly you tried to find out, how you went about researching it, how successful that search was, and what impact and meaning this all has for you.
Here's a simple example of how to get a research question out of a general topic.
Why am I interested: Because my father was an alcoholic and I've heard that children can inherent genes from their parents that makes them become alcoholics too.
What do I hope to learn: Are there genes that predispose people to alcoholism, and if I have them, what can I do to make sure I don't become an alcoholic? Is there an easy and affordable way to check for this? Are the tests reliable?
Research Question: How can people at high risk to become alcoholics protect themselves, and am I one of those people?
Check out more advice and another topic example in this guide to writing an I-Search: Writing an I-Search Paper
How do you decide whether a website or other source is good enough for your paper? Give it the CRAAPP test.