Research Do's and Don'ts
Ready, Set, Research!
Looking for a specific book in our media center? You can access our media center online catalog from any computer or device. Just click here to access Destiny – our school and district online card catalog. You can find any book you are looking for in our school library or any other school library in our district!
Googling is NOT researching!
What's the difference?
We have several Databases available! In Classlink, click on the "Media & Research Tools" icon like the one below for excellent sources available to ALL our students. You may access these databases at school AND at home! See Mrs. Jager for the password to access from home!
USE CREDIBLE WEB SITES!
When using websites, follow the 5ws of website evaluation created by Kathy Schrock. She REALLY knows what she’s talking about!
Don’t use web sites that have:
Incorrect spelling and incorrect information!
Don’t use web sites that have a tilde ~ in the URL (these are most often posted by a college student. For example: http://tigger.uic.edu/~mansoori/Thermodynamics.Educational.Sites_html
**Be careful when using Wikipedia! This information can be edited by other users.
WEB SITES URL Endings:
These are most of the URL endings you will find throughout your online research:
• .gov = Government Web Site
• .edu = Educational Web Site
• .org = Special Interest Groups (intended for non profit groups)
• .com .net .biz = Commercial Web Sites (use these with caution)
• .name = Personal Web Site (Do Not Use!)
In your paper, you must credit all the sources from which you gathered your information to avoid plagiarism. This is called citing your sources.
At the end of your paper or your project you will have a Works Cited page. This will list all the resources, both print and electronic, that you used for your research.
And finally…..PLEASE be careful when you’re typing your paper, and don’t plagiarize!
Say it in your own words!
Put quotation marks around someone’s words when you copy them directly into your paper.
Here are 2 short, very informative little videos that will help you understand whether or not you are plagiarizing and how to avoid it.