How To Research

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How To Research

  1. 1. How to Research TMS Library 2009
  2. 2. Big6 Basic Steps to Research <ul><li>Define your task </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm topics that interest you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>List Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases/Encyclopedias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Locate Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Big6 Basic Steps to Research <ul><li>Use Resources wisely </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cite sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synthesize information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize info. – use writing process steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluate yourself </li></ul>
  4. 4. Researching using books <ul><li>Search the OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>Locate the index </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for specific names, dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widen to regions, time periods, types </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Look at the table of contents </li></ul><ul><li>Reference titles are often multi-volume </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the volume with the alphabet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or the index for the entire set </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skim for key words, don’t read every page </li></ul>
  5. 5. Researching using databases <ul><li>TISD subscribes to several databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Step One: get on the internet and go to the TISD website – www.taylorisd.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scroll down to “More Links” section and click on “Digital Knowledge Central” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Encyclopedia Britannica” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username: taylorhis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Password: Ktwelve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See handout for other database resources </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Researching using Internet <ul><li>Google search tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put “” around specific phrases – “Galveston hurricane” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Advanced search to narrow results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Google news archive for newspaper stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the source-Is it free? Is it unbiased? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.gov </li></ul></ul></ul>

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