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VALUABLE TIPS FOR THE
Keep a research journal to jot down notes, key
words, topics, subtopics, ideas, reminders,
possible sources, source info, etc.
Brainstorming with a teacher or another student
can help generate great ideas for how to
approach a topic.
Stick with either MLA format or another format.
Do not use both! Easybib.com is free for MLA.
Evaluate each source. How do you know the
author is reliable & knowledgable? Is the
information still current?
EXPLORATORY READING – KNOW YOUR
“Gaining an initial appreciation of a topic or
publication – Putting a subject into context to
understand the individual components in
connection with each other….providing you with
insights into historical and cultural
As you read or skim, write a list of key words to
look up on the catalog or in databases, so you can
find out more information.
This will also help you narrow your topic!
Read summaries of a topic you enjoy in general and
specialized encyclopedias. Note the different
treatments and connections between subtopics.
Look at other books in the same section of the library
as other books you look up.
Use Table of Contents and the index in books for
keywords. Search for those words in the catalog and
Look for a bibliography or “Suggestions for Further
Reading” at the end of a source to find more
information on the topic.
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IBO EE readers prefer you stay away from websites!
Databases have journal, book, newspaper, and book
articles that aren’t available on the internet.
Information is more reliable (put together by experts).
Anyone can publish anything on the internet!
Information is usually more current.
Many different ways to narrow or broaden search.
You know exactly where the information came from.
Databases usually give you the citation = less work!
Wikipedia is a wiki (editable by anyone).
If you use a website, make sure it’s reliable:
Who wrote it, when, and where did they get their
info? What makes this person an expert???
USING BOOLEAN OPERATORS
AND – looks up both or all words but they will not
necessarily be next to each other
OR – Finds articles with any of the words, not all – broad
search (more hits but not as specific)
NOT – Will find articles that don’t have the word after the
word Not - Example – New Orleans AND football NOT
“phrase search” – Use quotes around the exact phrase you
want to look for – very specific and very narrow search Example – “As I Lay Dying”
Add words to get fewer results. Deduct words for more.
Truncation – Using * brings back words with same root.
Example: inform* brings back articles with the words
inform, informs, information, informing
Also try the Advanced Search Feature which typically uses
(roach* or cockroach*) and (exterminat* or kill*) not
I’m looking for a way to kill roaches, but I don’t want
information about the Roach conveyor belt system.
The advanced search engine typically uses boolean
operators, so try it first if there is one.
See list of database
logins and passwords
on circulation desk.
Use boolean operators and keywords.
Use Journal and Book
tabs for scholarly info.
to copy the
the URL at
sure it’s in
MLA 7th) &
Using someone else’s phrases, words, ideas, charts,
music, graphics, data, etc. without giving him or her
Use quotation marks around other people’s words
and put the author’s name and page number in
parentheses after. Then list the source in the Works
Cited page. Use www.easybib.com to create citations.
Paraphrasing – Even if you put someone’s words into
your own words, it is still plagiarism unless you put
his or her name in parenthesis afterwards and
include the source information in your Works Cited
page. Don’t change just one or two words!
When in doubt, cite it!
LET A LIBRARIAN….
Help you find information you need
Help you find the source info for citations
Help you understand how to cite information
Help you locate the right database
Help you use the database
It’s our job to help you!