1. THINK IT OUT AND PLAN
What is your topic? What do you already know? What are related topics?
What info do I need for the paper and presentation? (Look at assignment under Research)
What are going to be the best research sources?:
Encyclopedia -> World Book, Brittanica Online (great place to start-see links below)
Search Engine -> www.Sweetsearch.com (authoritative sources for school research – also good start point)
Book -> Library Catalog
News articles -> Newsbank (need specific search) or News Organization Websites (like CNN.com, etc.)
General Database -> Gale Student Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints (search can be fairly broad)
Official Organization Websites: Government website – .gov/ Organization website – .org / Education entity – .edu
2. DO THE SEARCH AND TAKE GOOD NOTES – CHECKING FOR CITATIONS ALONG THE WAY
Use Knight Cite to help construct citations:
ALSO LOOK FOR IMAGES FOR THE PRESENTATION! DO A CITATION FOR THOSE TOO!
3. NARROW YOUR SEARCH AS YOU GATHER MORE INFORMATION.
Use limiters in the databases, like dates, connect terms with AND, limit with NOT
4. WRITE THE PAPER, THEN THE PRESENTATION. YOU HAVE YOUR CITATIONS SO YOU CAN GO BACK ON ANY OF THEM TO GET MORE INFO OR RECHECK A FACT.
Best sources for this project:
- World Book Online http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb&id=803
- Britannica Online http://dkc.esc20.net/dbsecondary.html
- Opposing Viewpoints and Gale Student Resources in Context http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/tlc209050002
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