MIDDLE SCHOOL RESEARCH STEPS
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Read more about your topic to gather background information.
Good sources to use at this step are a class textbook or an encyclopedia.
State your topic as a question that you would like to answer.
What type of sources does your teacher require?
Tips for using books as sources:
- Remember to write down your call numbers.
- Check the index of a book to see if it has information on your topic.
- Scan the area on the shelf to the left and right of the book that you find to see if there are other books on your topic.
Tips for searching websites:
- Ask your teacher which types of websites are appropriate to use for your project.
- Evaluate the credibility of the website. Can you trust the information?
Tips for searching library databases:
- Focus on the keywords you are using to search. Are they too broad or too narrow?
Take notes, make an outline, create notecards in whatever way your teacher requires.
Keep a running bibliography as you go. You can always remove sources from your list that you do not end up using in your final project. The library has NoodleTools to help you create a bibliography.
Write, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite...
Create, redo, create, redo, create, redo...
Effort, hardwork, practice...