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Middle School Research Tips
Transcript of 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?)
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
**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.
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!
Using outside resources helps you make a strong point, but you
put it in your own words and
site your sources! Give credit where credit is due! It's the
If you have questions, ask Mrs. Kline!
Thank you and happy researching!