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How to Research

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Cheresse Thoeny

on 24 October 2014

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Evaluate your Resources
Who is the author or publisher and why was the information published?

What can you say about context, style, structure, completeness and/or accuracy of the information?

When was the information published?

Can the information be found other places also?

What kind of evidence is presented?
How to Research
Your Next Best Project
The Insurmountable Project?
Starting Points
Choose Good Keywords By:
Library Resources
Proquest
Opposing Viewpoints
Science In Context
Homework Help
Writing Lab
Which resource you choose depends on what kind of information you need!
In-Person at 11 Library Branches
ProQuest
Opposing Viewpoints
Science in Context
More online resources for teens:
http://www.spl.org/audiences/teens/teen-online-resources

All Resources:


Over 7, 500 Magazines and Journals included
Email, print, or save articles
An online library of current event topics.
Facts and arguments for and against
Statistics
Media files, graphs, & web links
Print, save, or e-mail information
Science information from reference books, magazines, and newspapers.
Includes experiments, biographies, illustrations, and more.
Print, save, or e-mail information
http://www.spl.org
http://www.spl.org/library-collection/articles-and-research/databases-a-z
How do you usually research school assignments?
Authority
More Information at:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/553/01/
Bias
Currency
Sponsorship
.org
.com
.gov
.uk
.mil
.net
Purpose
Audience
Evidence
Is this a good resource for a project?
why or why not?
1. Identifying your Research Topic

2. Pick out main keywords
3. Write down synonyms to those words
Ex: Organic farming is good for the environment
Organic Farming Environment
Organic

Farming

Environment
sustainable agriculture earth
green growing nature
4. Combine keywords with AND, OR, or NOT to search the web, library catalog, or other resources
Organic
Environment
Farming
AND
Reduces results
OR
Increases results
NOT
Reduces results

Ex. Farming NOT Organic
Ex. Organic OR Environment
Ex. Organic AND Environment AND Farming
More Information at:
http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/how/keywords.htm
Need More Help?
Ask A Librarian 24/7
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Cheresse Thoeny
Teen Services Librarian
cheresse.thoeny@spl.org
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