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Middle School Research Tips

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Sarah Kline

on 31 October 2014

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Transcript of Middle School Research Tips

Middle School Research Tips
A guide to evaluating websites and finding the information you need
What is research?
Research is a process! You usually begin with a series of steps.
develop a research question
(What are you trying to learn more about?)
gather evidence
(find/use sources)
communicate the results of your research
(a presentation of sorts)
Beware of sites like Wikipedia!
So you're doing research, huh?
Helpful Hint #1: Use multiple sources! Information can be found in books, in magazines, in the newspaper, on reliable Internet websites, and in Encyclopedias! There's a wealth of information out there!
Find your resources!
search the library catalog
ask the librarian
use the library databases
use NetTrekker

**The library databases and NetTrekker are all safe search engines!
Be Careful . . .
Helpful hint #3:

Not all websites are reliable! Pretty much anyone anywhere can post something on the Internet.
Just because it's there, doesn't mean it's accurate!
Helpful Hint #2:
Helpful Hint #4
Use safe search engines. Google is great, don't get me wrong, but it can return more than 1,000 results when you search for something. Is this a good thing, in your opinion? Stick to the library's databases, books, and NetTrekker. Do a Google search only when you have to.
When searching . . .
Make sure you're specific!
Example: If you're searching the causes of the American Revolution, don't just type "American Revolution." Instead type "American Revolution" AND "causes" in order to narrow down your search.
Tip #5
Search for credible and reliable sources!

Anyone can make a website and publish it
Look for current information, within 5 years.
Look for spelling or grammar errors.
Pay attention to the amount of ads and pop-ups.
Apply the CRAP test! (I will explain this at the end of the presentation when I give you the handout.)
If you are confused, ask your librarian!
Tip #6:
Don't plagiarize!
It's illegal!



Using outside resources helps you make a strong point, but you
MUST
put it in your own words and
MUST
site your sources! Give credit where credit is due! It's the
LAW
!
If you have questions, ask Mrs. Kline!
Thank you and happy researching!
Presented by
Mrs. Kline
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