• What is the assignment?
• What is the essential question?
• Develop your thesis statement (Pre-research / Post-research)
Ask your teacher if you are on the right track.
• Brainstorm keywords and think about what databases may work best
For More information:
– Deep Web Search: http://clusty.com can help you narrow your topic
– Searching tutorial: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/545/01/
– Thesis builder: http://www.tommarch.com/electraguide/
Information Seeking Strategies
• What are the best sources of information for my project?
- Go to Mrs. McGuire's favorite database page. Do you remember her favorites? (Ask her! She has candy.)
• How will I know if the sources are accurate and authoritative?
- If you use the databases, you can sleep soundly at night. PLUS the citation is included. HOORAY!
Location and Access
• Where will I find the best sources?
• How will I access the sources? Remember, the databases are password protected because they are wonderful & expensive.
Use of Information
• How will I gather and record the information for my project?
- Use Evernote? Noodlebib? Cut & Paste into a Google Doc?
• How will I give credit to my sources?
- Remember, the databases will provide a citation but it's a computer. It's your responsibility to double check. Easybib? OWL?
• What product or performance will I create to finish
• How will I give credit to my sources in my final
• More information
– Project contract:
• Student Project Contract
– Citation machine: http://citationmachine.net/
• How will I self-assess my final project before
handing it in?