ResearchProcess

"Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" (Theatre of the World) made by the Flemish cartographer and geographer Abraham Ortelius in 1570, who is generally recognised as the creator of the first modern atlas. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



RESEACH STRATEGIES

While researching, keep in mind the following statements:​

  • Technology has expanded our choices

  • The need for "vetting" or testing the reliability or truthfulness of the information sources.

  • Most reliable sites are usually your ".gov"; ".edu"; and ".org" The ".com" sites may or may not offer reliable or truthful information.

  • Beware of blogsites...they are biased. You may not even know the author or if they are qualified to speak on the subject.

  • Be especially careful concerning statistics on the Internet. A dropped "0" can make a difference.

  • Remember there is no one editing websites and anyone can put a website out on the Internet.

  • The necessity for planning, posing a meaningful question before beginning your research is crucial.

  • Combat the urge of the "Principle of Least Effort".

  • Searching requires forethought, thinking of important words; using quotes and other strategies to narrow your hits

HOW TO CITE A SOURCE

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SOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

 

A database of 20,909,414 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute

BEST SITES TO FIND PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES FOR STUDENTS

 

Now that more and more classrooms are publishing student work for digital storytelling, podcasting, or through wikis and blogs it is becoming increasingly critical students follow the copyright and fair use guidelines. To help you and your students, access these – free images and sounds for student projects.

TEL

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is an online library that gives everyone in Tennessee access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, practice tests, e-books, primary source materials, and more! TEL is available free of charge, 24/7 from any computer with access to the internet.

DATABASES

WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA

 

Begin your research here...

FREE WORLD MAPS

 

Printable free maps of all kinds.

STUDENT RESOURCES IN CONTEXT

 

Find what you need for papers, projects and presentations with a simple search! Includes articles, images, primary sources and trusted sources.

The Research Process...

WEBSITE EVALUATION

You Can't Fool Me:  Website Evaluation

by Jennifer Bromann-Bender

 

 

Questions to consider for all sources:

  • What is the original purpose of the source?

  • When was the material published?

  • Is the author presenting a particular point of view?

  • Does the work present an overview of the topic or one aspect?

  • What type of writing, such as essays based on opinion, factual account based on research or personal narrative based on experience, is presented in the material?

 

 

 

OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS

 

Find balance and perspective on hundreds of topics with articles from multiple viewpoints, biographies, news, and interactive maps.

Note-Taking

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

  • When do we need to persuade people?

  • When and where do we need to persuade?

  • What do the best persuaders do?

  • What is a summary?

  • What are main ideas?

  • Why take notes?

  • How should I organize my notes?

 

 

 

ENDURING UNDERSTANDING

  • Writers and presenters use specific techniques in order to be informative.

  • People use information throughout life in a variety of situations and contexts.

  • Note-taking is a good way to retain information.

  • Noticing the difference between main ideas and secondary (support) information is important when taking notes.

  • A summary captures the main idea of something without any of the "extra" information.

  • Getting a lot of information from different places is helpful when preparing an informative presentation.

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