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Grade 8 Research Guide

 

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RESEARCH PLANNER

Successful research
begins with a plan

Use this research planner 
to create your plan

DEVELOP YOUR KEYWORDS

IMPROVE YOUR SEARCH RESULTS: 
Use Multiple Keywords!

1. Start with the obvious keyword(s) in your topic
2. Then try synonyms of your original keyword(s)
3. Finally, be aware of other keywords/terms found in your search results

Need help getting started?
Watch a video (below) & download a worksheet.

TOPIC FINDER

How Topic Finder Works
(video below)

InfoTrac - Topic Finder

GOOGLE ADVANCE and SCHOLAR

GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS

ESTABLISHING CREDIBILITY ONLINE

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Credible Source?
HOW CAN YOU TELL?
3 Strategies:

  1. Read Laterally
    • Open a new tab
    • Google the name of the website's organization, editor, author
  2. Investigate "About Us" links
  3. Don't settle for Google's top 5 results
    • Dig deeper into your search results
    • Check out the sources listed on a page 

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Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does the web site provide references for further research that can be independently verified?
  • Are authors identified, and their affiliations, credentials, and contact information provided?
  • Who owns or is responsible for the web site?
  • Does the site describe its mission and are staff members identified?
  • Does the site carry advertising?
  • If so, are the ads related to the content on the page?
  • If the site is not-for-profit, are its sources of funding identified?

More tips from
Georgetown University

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FAKE NEWS: HOW TO SPOT IT

 

Still not sure?
Consult the experts.

Check with your teacher, librarian, or one of these fact-checking sites:

Snopes.com
FactCheck.org
PolitiFact.com
Washington Post fact-checker

DATABASES by SUBJECT

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NOODLETOOLS ACCESS

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with NoodleTools!

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SHORTCUTS


CITATION SHORTCUTS

#1: Cite websites with
Apogee2

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Search Chrome Web Store for: Apogee2 (no space) and add.
CITING WITH APOGEE2
Copy and paste the citation into NoodleTools.


#2: Use a book's ISBN:

#3: Import a citation from a GALE database into NoodleTools: