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So You Think You Can Research?

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So You Think You Can Research?
Step #2: Use Reliable Resources
There is a lot of information out there, so it’s important to know which information is actually credible.
Usually, credible websites end in…
.org
.gov
.edu
Some websites that end in .com can be credible, but you have to be careful. When in doubt, ask your teacher.

Step 3: Take Notes
You think you will remember from which source you got the information...but you won’t! This is why you will be documenting your research on Noodle Tools.
Each of you will create a Noodle Tools account on www.noodletools.com

Step #4: Cite Your Sources
When you’re using someone else’s information in your own work, you have to cite the sources properly. The first way you will do this through a bibliography.
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, websites, articles, etc.) referred to in a scholarly work
Back in the old days, you had to know how to format all this information and do it by hand. Now you can use www.noodletools.com.
You must also cite your sources in your writing.

I Think You Can Research!
You're ready to start now, just remember these steps and refer back to this presentation to ensure that you stay on track. Good luck!
Step #1: Pick a Topic
You will actually need to do a mini-research project first to make sure that the topic you are interested in has enough information to fulfill your assignment’s requirements.
You will do this by completing the NHD Trifold on two potential topics.

Resources are websites, NOT search engines. Search engines help you find the websites that contain the information you need.
Search engines include…
Google
Ask
Yahoo
Bing

Sites to Avoid
You will never be able to use the following sites as a credible resource:
Encyclopedia.com
Wikipedia.com
Wikipedia can be edited by anyone. While some of the information included is credible, not all can be trusted. However, it and Encyclopedia.com can be a good starting points for finding information about your topic. Many times, they will list websites where they found the information, and you can use these links as sources as long as they fulfill the credibility requirements.
For my website on a peach’s calories, I would select “website,” type or paste in http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1990/2, click “cite it”, “continue” twice and this is what it comes up with:

"Nutrition Facts." Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Peaches, Raw. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

You would repeat this step for all of your sources.
Citing in Your Writing
When you use information from your sources in your writing, it is important that you cite it. Here's how.
When a source has no known author, use a shortened title of the work instead of an author name. Place the title in quotation marks if it's a short work (such as an article) or italicize it if it's a longer work (e.g. plays, books, television shows, entire Web sites) and provide a page number.
We see so many global warming hotspots in North America likely because this region has "more readily accessible climatic data and more comprehensive programs to monitor and study environmental change . . ." ("Impact of Global Warming" 6).
Most websites will not have a page number, so you will just put the title of the webpage. Remember, if it is a whole site, the title will need to be italicized, but if it's a subpage of the site, put the name in quotation marks.
Going back to the information I found on peaches, when I cite the source of my information in my writing, it might look something like this:
Peaches are a nutritious, low-calorie snack. According to "Nutrition Data," a peach has only 68 calories per 175 grams.
Or, I could cite it like this:
Peaches are a nutritious, low-calorie snack. A peach has only 68 calories per 175 grams ("Nutrition Data").
Remember: If you take information word for word from a website, you need to put quotation marks around it just like it was a book or article.
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