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Step 1 - Begin Research:

(with Steps 1 & 2 of the Big Six method)

1. Download:

-Remember to print out: A. 7 step checklist first -within the powerptB. Questions that accompany powerpt

2. *Teachers - If no powerpoint available click on pic below for non- interactive version :

The best resource for research: Databases (or Database man):

Why is it so important for students in Middle & High School to learn to use reliable information sources:

1. Read this article on this 2 year study: GoodEducation

2. All our information is a curse -without databases! - Just as Borges predicted in his "Library of Babel" having all the information in the world at your disposal (a.k.a. Search Engines -Google, etc.) appears great at first but it is ultimately a curse if you do not have a reliable source or method for knowing what information is true and what is invalid.

This presentation also contains great ideas and resources for researching:

Keyword & Boolean Tips for using databases & search engines:

1. Tips on researching and How to research the Deep Web orhidden web -were most of the information on the Web is located: http://www.internettutorials.net/

2. Explain Boolean with the easy to follow Boolean Machine: KathySchrock

3. A good website for teaching how Boolean terms effect searching: http://www.boolify.org/

4. Compare and view search results by their opposing points:gleancomparisonsearch

Fact vs. Opinion:

1. Great interactive slide show: phschool.com

Primary vs. Seconary Resources:

1. Great interactive slide show for students: phschool.com

2.. Great website to introduce this topic with a quiz as well: UCBerkeley

3. Exercise in identifying & analyzing primary resources -with good definition & LibraryOfCongress archives for using: LOC

Free & Reliable Resources & Databases :

1. Listed by topic and already evalutated by librarians!: http://www.learningcommons.org/students/library/wa_resources.php

2. Ask a librarian (a real life librarian) and use the resources: databases, etc.: http://www.ipl.org/

3. Free search engine maintained by educators: http://www.sweetsearch.com/

4. Free database created by librarians for Middle Schoolers: http://infotopia.info/

5. Free database creaed by librarians for High Schoolers: http://virtuallrc.com/

6. Primary Resources - over 15 listed!!!: infotopia

7. Middle School resources: Kidtopia.com

8. Curation is the new search tool -read the article with several links to resources: neverendingsearch

9. Scholoarly Database: http://infomine.ucr.edu/

10. A database maintained by a librarian: http://www.digital-librarian.com/

12. Search for images, news, websites by use of this image-search: Oolone visual search

Teachers create your own databases or search engine using Google- put in the websits you want students to visit for tutorial go to GoogleTeachers II presentation at (the second presentation down): Freetech4teachers

In\Google -> go to specialized searches -> then to custom search

Taking notes:

1.Citing Sources & Avoiding Plagarism:

Great video on Plagiarism: CommonCraft

Need to have citations? -Let citation makers build it for you:

A. http://citationmachine.net/

B. http://www.easybib.com/
C.. Firefox extension:
D. Teacher how to use Evernote - take & share notes: Evernote

2. Paraphrasing - video: Brainpop

Organize your Research:

1. Organzing research: http://www.pearltrees.com/
Bookmarking or keeping track and sharing the best finds during research:

2. With this site you can highlight sentences and write notes for pages or sites you bookmark : www.diigo.com

3. 7 tools to choose from: Freetech4teachers

Now that you have exhausted the databases in your research -now you can access Wikipedia and Google:

Ten Tactics & Search Engines Teachers Should Know by FreeTechnology4Teachers

I would not allow my students to use Wikipedia. For one reason it is not 100% reliable or trustworthy. And the students need to learn to use the more complex database available. Read this:

"I’ve surveyed many university, college and junior college librarians. Many profs insist on database research and don’t even allow general webpage sources on student projects. And high schools need to teach this to get students ready for higher education." - Stella Gonzalez, ACDP, MLIS - Providence Catholic School -San Antonio, Texas

-Use Wikipedia for its direct links:

Go to the live links located on the bottom of the pages (notes section) which can take you to the original sources of the information. Some of these sources may be reputable and trustworthy sources/sites such as sites of well-known universities.
-If you have totally exhausted all databases and reliable resources then I may allow the students to just use the locked pages containing general and well-established information on certain nonpolitical topics.

Tools for more effective use of Wikipedia:

1. Narrow your broad subject and pinpoint your results via: http://www.wikimindmap.org/ or using: http://www.wikisummarizer.com/

2. How to research on Wikipedia: Wikipedia

Tools for more effective use of Google:

1. Accessing Google's Advanced Search Tools (must have a Google Docs account to access) : FreeTechnologyforTeachers

2. Help with Google Advanced Search - SearchEducationEvangelism

Websites and lesson to use for teaching the Big 6:

1. Great website for everything regarding research and implementing the Big 6 with extras such as assistance in paraphrasing etc.:



Exercise for evaluating websites:

Blogs and sites focusing on research: