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Tips, sites, databases, ebooks and library links to do your research.
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Use these resources to keep track of your research.


Noodle Tools

 In Noodle Tools you can create an account, save all of your research gathering work onto notecards, you can site your sources and create an outline if you need one. Accessible from school or from home, and all your work is saved for you. 


Easy Bib - Exporting a citation from Gale into Easy Bib


Yo Link

Yolink --- yolink quickly scans search results, e-books, online documents, and web sites using key words, quotes, and word relationships to find what you are looking for. What would probably take you hours now takes yolink only seconds.

yolink was created to streamline the search process, it essentially finds the information you would have never found before. Download it on all your computers to get started. 


Research from A-Z

Pencils carved by Dalton M. Ghetti


Key Guidelines - Searching on the Web

How do you start a search?

•A good strategy is to work out your search on paper before going to the computer.
•Select the major concepts to be searched.
Use these keywords to find search terms that match. Try using the database thesaurus to find appropriate search terms. 

Develop some important habits when doing research

Tolerate & embrace ambiguity

•Use resources wisely

•Seek accuracy

•Seek clarity

•Evaluate the effectiveness of your own actions


•Be responsive to feedback

•Be open-minded

•Engage intensely

       •Brainstorm several key words and phrases—the ones you think would appear and wouldn’t appear in your dream document

       •Anticipate synonyms and related words
       •Mine your results!: be on the look out for better words and phrases as you search 
Focus on nouns (verbs are often vague, stop words, like articles—a, an, the—are ignored by most engines)
Include most important words and phrases first.
Are you using STOP words in your search?? in, of, the, a, to you, why, who, what, on, than, then, their, an, his, her, be  DON'T! They will block results! 


Basic Research Steps

1. Task Definition:

  •  Define your assignment & identify information needed to complete it. Restate the assignment in your own word

2.  Information Seeking Strategies:

  • Brainstorm all possible resources for your research.
  • Consider both print and digital resources (check with your librarian)
  • Select sources that will best answer your research question. 

3.  Location & Access:

  • Locate sources with the most relevant information --- Beyond Google! 
  • Organize the information you find by creating a Source List (include URLs & copyright information) Use Noodle Tools or Evernote!
  • Use keywords when searching
  • Use AND, OR and NOT in your search terms to broaden or narrow your searches. 

4.  Use of Information:

  • Read, listen to, or look at the information you've found.  Find the information you need and take careful notes (Noodle Tools or Evernote work very well for notes, Source Lists, working bibliographies. Evernote works very well for capturing screenshots or clips of information on a website. Yolink is a fantastic tool for quickly finding sections of text (in ebooks,  websites or databases) that are pertinant to your research using keywords!) 
  • Extract all the most important information to use for your paper and begin organizing it in meaningful ways. Noodle Tools offers notecards as well. Create an account and it stores all your information.

5.   Synthesis: 

  • Organize the information from multiple sources and begin to put it into a outline
  • Begin rough draft of your paper or your performance
  • Create a final copy of your paper, PowerPoint, project & include a works cited page. 

6.   Evaluation: 

  • Judge your final product. What went well? Why? What would you do differently next time?
  • Judge your research process. What worked? Which tools were best and why? What was hard? What did you learn about researching? 

Argument to Analysis


Evaluate Your Sources - CARRDSS

Use CARRDSS to evaluate your sources

C REDIBILITY : Who is the author? What are his or her credentials?
A CCURACY: Can facts, statistics, or other information be verified through other sources? Based on your knowledge, does the information seem accurate?
R ELIABILITY: Does the source present a particular view or bias?
R ELEVANCE: Does this information directly support my
hypothesis/thesis or help to answer my question?
D ATE: When was this information created? When was it revised? Are these dates meaningful in terms of the subject matter?
S OURCES BEHIND THE TEXT: Did the author use reliable, credible sources?
S COPE: Does this source address my hypothesis/thesis/question in a comprehensive or peripheral way? Is it a scholarly or
popular treatment?

5 Steps to Better Research

From Colorado State University Library - a tutorial on how to begin research - broken down to easy steps.



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