To get to the databases, navigate to the homepage. Click on library.
Next, click on Kids Databases
We’re going to use Searchasaurus for kids
Start by clicking on dictionary. To get practice using the dictionary you are going to search for the definition of your topic. E.g. I am researching the life cycle of the Sequioa. So I need to look up the definition of sequioa and write this down as my first step.
Type sequoia first. Then click dictionary button to search for the definition.
Write down the definition of your subject first. Then click on home.
Search using search term suggested on worksheet for your topic. How many results do you get? Write this down. Explain topic can be too big, or too small. If too broad, too many results. If too narrow, no results. Subject can be made smaller by time, by location, or conceptually. For example, I’m researching frogs. To narrow my topic I could search for just frogs in brazil. I could narrow my topic by searching for just frogs in the 1850s. I could search for frogs in brazil in the 1950s. There is a way to make a search that only brings these results. You can also limit by concept. Choose the first result. Read the abstract. What is an abstract? Define (define summary). From the abstract, can you tell if this article will help you learn about your topic? Why are some words in bold? Explain how the database searches for the words you put in the search bar. What is the source? Where was this article originally published? Click on the full text. Does this answer my topic? Five finger rule. If yes, print, underline, and take notes. Live demo. Choose result two.
I’m choosing the second result. What is the title? What is the source? Where was this article originally published? On what page? When? Subject terms: this article is described by what subject terms? If the article is helpful, try searching the terms used to describe it. (How do you say life cycle of a frog (my topic) in database (a language the database will understand?) What is an abstract? Define. How can reading the abstract help us as researchers? Why are some words in bold?
Add my notes:
Searchasaurus! Searching Databases for 4th Graders
Life Cycle of a Frog Notes <ul><li>Research question: What are the stages in the life cycle of a frog? </li></ul><ul><li>Find an article </li></ul><ul><li>Does this article answer my research question? </li></ul><ul><li>Does the article pass the five finger test? </li></ul>
1. Does this article answer my research question? Yes No 2. Does this article pass the five finger test? If yes, print the article out!
Print your article and take notes! <ul><li>Underline information that answers your research question </li></ul><ul><li>Use a bulleted list to write down information from the article that answer your question. Notes do not have to be complete sentences; use correct spelling. </li></ul>