Digging for gold in the LIbrary           English IV        Research project
The Big Six Steps to Research1.   Define the task2.   Select sources3.   Locate sources4.   Use information5.   Put inform...
I. Define the task• How long is your report? (number of pages?)• What are the questions that must be answered or   section...
II. Select sources•   Magazines (periodicals)?•   Books?•   Online databases?•   Internet?•   Encyclopedia?Which does your...
II. Select sources• For English IV class you must use the following  sources:  – Books from the library  – Online database...
III. Locate sources• Library card catalogue (these are electronic  now)• Public library card (this will allow you to  acce...
Locate Information• Let’s learn how to use the library from home  using your library card from the public library.• Louisi...
Step one to locating information• You must have a library card number from  your local library in order to continue this  ...
Locating InformationYou will be led to this screen in which you will enter your library card number
Locating InformationAfter you enter your library card number, you will see a screen that looks like this. Allstudents will...
Locating InformationAfter clicking on Gale, you will be led to a screen that looks like this. Click on the “+”            ...
Locating Information   This will show you all of the books available to you from this one database. You“could” find enough...
Locating InformationThe easiest way to find information is to simply type the title of your short story in the  blank. We ...
Locating InformationHere’s an example of a short from Edgar Allen Poe. (Notice that the “keyword” search button is clicked...
Notice that we got one“hit” from Short Stories for students. On the left are thesections from this one article. We will ma...
Locating InformationGo to the end of the article to find your “source citation”; this is where youwill copy your informati...
Notice the pieces of your citation"The Cask of Amontillado." Short Stories for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 7. Detro...
Remember this         The Big Six Steps to                      Researchslide? We have justcompleted steps1-3 of research,...
Click on Literary Reference Center
Locating InformationYou will be led to a screen that looks like this
Locating InformationNotice that I misspelled the words and the database corrected for me.
Notice the “hits” that we received after entering our short story.
Locating InformationI clicked the second choice which is a PDF file so our citation will not be in the samelocation as our...
Locating InformationOnce you have clicked the citation button, click on print and this screen will appear.   Click on cita...
Locating Information:This will bring you to this screen which contains the vital information that you needfor your Work Ci...
The Big Six Steps to Research1.   Define the task2.   Select sources3.   Locate sources4.   Use information5.   Put inform...
IV. Use information• requires reading• requires note taking• requires finding the answers to the questions  that you forme...
Using information• You will take notes from your different resources  trying to find info on the three parts of your paper...
Using informationLook at Tim Tebeu’s paper and notice how he  used both:Parents are responsible for nurturing children’s l...
Using Information                         Warning!Whether you quote directly or indirectly, you must still give credit to ...
Using information• His source is “Johnson”• He will have the complete citation of  “Johnson” on his Works Cited page that ...
V. Put information together• Rough draft - This will involve putting your notes  together that you took in step 4 in a “ro...
VI. Evaluate information• This may be where you draw conclusions  about your research in your concluding  paragraph• And/o...
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  • The steps to the research paper are basically the same at all levels. Beginning with the first step of defining the task. Here, your task is to write a short paper researching a short story with MLA documentation.
  • Notes to teachers: The 2009 MLA Handbook does not require that the web address be written. Instead the word “web” is placed before the date of access. However, some teachers may require it and for this reason, I have chosen to leave the citation as is.
  • The steps to the research paper are basically the same at all levels. Beginning with the first step of defining the task. Here, your task is to write a short paper researching a short story with MLA documentation.
  • The steps to the research paper are basically the same at all levels. Beginning with the first step of defining the task. Here, your task is to write a short paper researching a short story with MLA documentation.
  • Digging for gold in the l ibrary

    1. 1. Digging for gold in the LIbrary English IV Research project
    2. 2. The Big Six Steps to Research1. Define the task2. Select sources3. Locate sources4. Use information5. Put information together6. Evaluate information
    3. 3. I. Define the task• How long is your report? (number of pages?)• What are the questions that must be answered or sections of your research paper that your teacher has specified? For English IV class, your paper must include information on the following: plot summary theme character
    4. 4. II. Select sources• Magazines (periodicals)?• Books?• Online databases?• Internet?• Encyclopedia?Which does your teacher expect you to use?
    5. 5. II. Select sources• For English IV class you must use the following sources: – Books from the library – Online databases such as Infotrac, Twayne, Scribners, Gale, Ebsco
    6. 6. III. Locate sources• Library card catalogue (these are electronic now)• Public library card (this will allow you to access the state’s databases)You must have one of these in order to access information.
    7. 7. Locate Information• Let’s learn how to use the library from home using your library card from the public library.• Louisiana Library Connection Databases
    8. 8. Step one to locating information• You must have a library card number from your local library in order to continue this process• Access the Louisiana Library Connection – Louisiana Library Connection Databases
    9. 9. Locating InformationYou will be led to this screen in which you will enter your library card number
    10. 10. Locating InformationAfter you enter your library card number, you will see a screen that looks like this. Allstudents will see the same screen on the right. Some will see different options on the left as you will all have different cards from different parishes. You will click on Gale Literature for Students Online and Literary Reference Center
    11. 11. Locating InformationAfter clicking on Gale, you will be led to a screen that looks like this. Click on the “+” near Literature
    12. 12. Locating Information This will show you all of the books available to you from this one database. You“could” find enough information for your entire paper here, but your “task” is to use __ sources of information for your research . Since you are researching a shortstory, these will be most useful to you. They are called, “Short Stories for Students.”
    13. 13. Locating InformationThe easiest way to find information is to simply type the title of your short story in the blank. We will use “the Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe as our example.
    14. 14. Locating InformationHere’s an example of a short from Edgar Allen Poe. (Notice that the “keyword” search button is clicked. We will look for articles with this title appearing anywhere in the article as a “keyword.”
    15. 15. Notice that we got one“hit” from Short Stories for students. On the left are thesections from this one article. We will make one click and I will show you where your citation is.
    16. 16. Locating InformationGo to the end of the article to find your “source citation”; this is where youwill copy your information for your Works Cited Page which will be the last page of your research .
    17. 17. Notice the pieces of your citation"The Cask of Amontillado." Short Stories for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 7. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000. 47-67. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. State Library of Louisiana. 2 Feb. 2010 <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/start.do?p=GVRL&u=lln_pstat>.3. "The Cask of Amontillado.“ – title of article4. Short Stories for Students – name of book from which article came5. Ed. Ira Mark Milne – editor6. Vol. 7 – volume number7. Detroit: -- place of publication8. Gale Group – publisher9. Gale Virtual Reference Library. – name of database10. State Library of Louisiana – place of access (not required according to new MLA handbook)11. 2 Feb 2010 – date of access12. <http://go.galegroup.com/ps/start.do?p=GVRL&u=lln_pstat>. – web address
    18. 18. Remember this The Big Six Steps to Researchslide? We have justcompleted steps1-3 of research,“locating sources.”Let’s go to one 1. Define the taskmore database andlocate more 2. Select sourcessources.. We’ll goback to the libraryand go to “literary 3. Locate sourcesresearch center” 4. Use information 5. Put information together 6. Evaluate information
    19. 19. Click on Literary Reference Center
    20. 20. Locating InformationYou will be led to a screen that looks like this
    21. 21. Locating InformationNotice that I misspelled the words and the database corrected for me.
    22. 22. Notice the “hits” that we received after entering our short story.
    23. 23. Locating InformationI clicked the second choice which is a PDF file so our citation will not be in the samelocation as our other source . We will have to click the citation button to get this one.
    24. 24. Locating InformationOnce you have clicked the citation button, click on print and this screen will appear. Click on citation format and make sure that MLA is clicked . Then click print.
    25. 25. Locating Information:This will bring you to this screen which contains the vital information that you needfor your Work Cited page. This citation is perfectly correct and you could copy and paste it to your Works Cited page.
    26. 26. The Big Six Steps to Research1. Define the task2. Select sources3. Locate sources4. Use information5. Put information together6. Evaluate information
    27. 27. IV. Use information• requires reading• requires note taking• requires finding the answers to the questions that you formed in Step 1–• For English IV LVS it will be: – Plot summary – Character – Theme
    28. 28. Using information• You will take notes from your different resources trying to find info on the three parts of your paper: For English IV class, your paper must include information on the following: plot summary theme character• Paraphrasing is defined as taking information and summarizing in your own words. (called indirect quotes)• Quoting is copying word for word and using quotation marks. (called direct quotes)
    29. 29. Using informationLook at Tim Tebeu’s paper and notice how he used both:Parents are responsible for nurturing children’s literacy at a young age in order to prepare them for their future educational life. Helping children’s literacy rate occurs outside of the classroom before the children are even enrolled in school. According to O’Donnell and Wood, “We are born with the ability to organize, classify, and impose order on our environment, resulting in the construction of our own unique theories of the world” (Johnson 1). If O’Donnell and Wood are correct in their theories, parents are responsible to nourish these skills at a young age. Reading plays an important role. According to Denise Johnson, “A book can serve as a kind of imaginary ticket to far away are even imaginary places” (Johnson 1). Reading sparks the imagination of children, awakening their literacy skills at a young age. Parents, however, are responsible for choosing books to inspire the imagination. Selecting literature for children to read is directly connected to their literacy; parents should pick interesting books for their children to become involved in (Johnson 1). Epstein found that, “When parents are a part of the teaching practice, they increase their interactions with children; as a result, students improve in academic attitudes and achievements” (Gilliam 226).
    30. 30. Using Information Warning!Whether you quote directly or indirectly, you must still give credit to yoursource!Take a look at a paragraph form Tim Tebeau’s paper and notice how he gavecredit to his source: Parents are responsible for nurturing children’s literacy at a youngage in order to prepare them for their future educational life. Helpingchildren’s literacy rate occurs outside of the classroom before the childrenare even enrolled in school. According to O’Donnell and Wood, “We are bornwith the ability to organize, classify, and impose order on our environment,resulting in the construction of our own unique theories of the world”(Johnson 1).
    31. 31. Using information• His source is “Johnson”• He will have the complete citation of “Johnson” on his Works Cited page that will look like this:Johnson, C. Denise. “The Role of Child Development and Social Interaction in the Selection of Children’s Literature to Promote Literacy Acquisition.” Early Childhood Research & Practice 5.2 (2003). Questia. Web. 30 March 2009. <http://www.questiaschool.com>.
    32. 32. V. Put information together• Rough draft - This will involve putting your notes together that you took in step 4 in a “rough draft.”• Many say this is the hardest part of the research paper because you are now “putting everything” together in order• In many ways, it’s just another paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion, except this time you are embedding sources of information in each body paragraph.
    33. 33. VI. Evaluate information• This may be where you draw conclusions about your research in your concluding paragraph• And/or your teacher might ask you to think about the research process and make a journal entry

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