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  1. To use this tool, you must first register. It is free and no information you submit is tracked by HPR*TEC.
  2. Click on Researcher Registration link near the top of the home page.


    Registration Page

  4. Fill in the blanks as requested and Submit your registration.
  5. Be sure you remember your password and e-mail address that you typed here. You will need it to log-in later.
  6. Click the Proceed to the Researcher Home Page if you want to begin your project now.
  7. If you wish to begin your project later you can leave the Action Research Site and log-in later.

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  1. If you are registered and wish to use the tool, you will need to log-in.
  2. Click on the Researcher Log-in link at the top of the home page.


    Log-in Page

  4. Type your e-mail address and password exactly as you entered it when you registered. It is case-sensitive so if you used any capital letters when registering, be sure you capitalize those letters here also.
  5. You will be taken to the Researcher Home Page which directs you to the rest of the site. If you ever get lost, this is the page you should come to.
  6. You can return to the Action Research Network Home Page from any portion of the site by clicking on the Action Research Network logo.

First Steps
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Researcher Home Page
  1. You must create a title for your action research project before you complete any further steps. To give it a title, choose Research Project Manager on the Researcher Home Page. Take the resulting, then type in your project's title, and then click on the button Create This Project.
  2. If your professor has given you a course code, go to the Researcher Home page and enter it, by clicking on the Personal Information link. Then choose Add/Remove Course Passcode. This will take you to a page where you can type in the Course Passcode. Click Add New Passcode to conclude this step. This is a critical step if your professor plans to review your work online.


    Create Project Page

  4. If you want or are required to have people other than your professor provide feedback for your work, you will need to give them your project passcode. You get this by taking the link entitled Personal Information on the Researcher Home page, then clicking Print Project Passcodes. Give this code to those who need to review your project. They will enter it in the appropriate area of the Action Research Network Home Page and will be able to see the work that you have marked as ready for review. They will not be able to see the comments made by others.

The Research Project Manager
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  1. When making your project, you will be working in the Research Project Manager. To get there from the Researcher Home Page, simply click the link Research Project Manager.


    Project Manager

  3. From there you will choose the project that you wish to work on. This arrangement allows you to use the Project Manager for multiple projects if you so choose.
  4. Once you choose your project, you will be in the Research Project Manager. This consists of a long list of links. Simply click on the links to the various sections of an Action Research project, then fill in the blanks in the resulting template.
  5. Use the Projects link at the top of the page or the back button on your browser to return to the Research Project Manager from any section.
  6. Keep printed copies of material you submit using this system, so if there is a problem in electronic submission or availability you will have materials to turn in by hand.

Saving and Submitting for Approval
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  1. At the end of each section that you fill in (.e.g, Define Research Problem; Define Context/Setting) are three buttons. They function as follows:
    • Reset - removes any information you have typed since you last submitted the form. That information is gone and cannot be retrieved. Use this option very carefully.
    • Save and Submit for Review - this saves the material as a draft and takes you to a page where you can submit it for review. Once material is submitted for review, it can be viewed/reviewed by your professor and any other people who have your project passcode. If you make changes to this section after submitting it for review, it makes a new draft of this section.
    • Save (not ready for review) - saves your work but does not allow others to see it. Changes made to this material will be on the same draft, so use this option if you get started on a section, but cannot complete it.


    Registration Page

  3. You can submit each section as you complete it, or you can submit several sections at the same time. If you want to submit several sections, simply save each section. Then when you are ready to submit your work, go to the Researcher Project Manager and choose one of the links entitled Submit for Approval. This link appears several times on the page to remind researchers to submit their work, but it doesn't matter which of these you choose. Click in the square box next to each item that you want to submit for approval. This will place a check in the box. When you have checked all the items you want to submit, then click the Submit for Approval button.

Reviewing the Status of Your Work
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  1. To find out if your professor and other reviewers have approved the work you submitted, go to the Researcher Project Manager (Researcher Home/Researcher Project Manager, Project)
  2. Under the section View or Print Report, click on the link View Project and Approval Status. All sections and drafts of your report are listed here. The approval status is indicated by colored squares and stars. Use the key listed at the top of the page to see if a section has been approved.


    Registration Page

  4. You may also want to check your messages to see if the professor or reviewers have sent you any feedback. You do this by clicking on the Messages link at the top of the Researcher Project Manager page. Then click View/Print Messages.
  5. You can also e-mail your professor by using the Messages link and choosing Send Message to Your Professor.

Making Review Notes
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  1. The section "Define Foundations of Intervention" allows you to take notes on literature that you review online or in books, magazines and journals. You do not have to use this method, but it has one advantage. If you use this section, it will make a first draft of your bibliography in APA style for you and will include all citations used when taking notes.
  2. To use this section, click on Add Review Note from the Researcher Project Manager.


      Add Literature Review Notes

    • Choose the type of resource
    • Fill in all pertinent blanks. You will have to decide what blanks are pertinent. A prior review of APA format will help you do this.
    • When your note and citation is complete, click on one of the Submit buttons to add the note to your project.
    • To view all your submitted notes, click on View/Edit My Review Notes at the bottom of the page. You will see a short form of the citation at the bottom of each note.
    • To view your bibliography at any point, click on the View/Edit My Bibliography button.
  3. To edit your bibliography, simply choose View/Edit Your Bibliography, then select all the material by clicking and dragging the mouse across it, then choose Edit/Copy from your browser menu bar. Then open a word processor such as Microsoft Word, and use Edit/Paste to place the material in the word processor. Edit as you would any material in a word processor. Print and turn in the printed copy to your professor.
  4. You can also view all your notes when writing your Literature Review Summary by clicking the button entitled View My Notes in a Separate Window. If you don't see the notes, try moving the Literature Summary page around (sometimes the note window is underneath the other window).

Viewing Your Final Report
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  1. The final report fits the information you have submitted in all sections into a generic template. It takes the information from the newest drafts of each section and assembles them into a somewhat coherent format. This is what will be available to other people if you chose to make your project public.


    Final Draft

  3. IMPORTANT: The designers do not know exactly what you will type, so some portions of the final report will need a great deal of editing before you would want to turn the report in for a grade. You will probably find some of the sentences may not make much sense. To edit your final report, do the following to transfer the information into a word processor.
    • View the final report,
    • Select all the material (click and drag),
    • Using Edit->Copy from the browser menu to copy that material
    • Open a word processor program,
    • Use Edit->Paste in that program, save the file and then do the edits.
    • Print out the final draft and turn in the printed copy.

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