Wordle: Goal of Research

Put research in the BIG 6 steps!

1. Task Definition
a. Define the information problem
b. Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies
a. Determine all possible sources
b. Select the best sources

3. Location and Access
a. Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
b. Find information within sources

4. Use the Information
a. Engage (read, hear, view, touch)
b. Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis
a. Organize from multiple sources
b. Present the information

6. Evaluation
a. Judge the product (effectiveness)
b. Judge the process (efficiency)

People go through these BIG6 stages--consciously or not--when they seek or apply information to solve a problem or make a decision. It's not necessary to complete these stages in a linear order, and a given stage doesn't have to take a lot of time.

Tools for Online Research

PowerLibrary You CAN'T access this from home unless you have a library card and know your library number OR register for an eCard.
eCard Registration - Register for an eCard to access Power Library from home!

Encyclopedia Britannica Online - You CAN access this from home!
login: port
password: allegany

Boolean Search Tutorial - Knowing what a Boolean search is and how to properly use search engines can greatly help you with your research. View the link to find out more!

Advanced Boolean Searching

Press Reader - Free access to many periodicals!

SPAT--website evaluation tool--SPAT is a research tested mnemonic tool for evaluating the reliability of a website's content.
The mnemonic stands for Site, Publisher, Audience, Timeliness.
SPAT has gone through extensive scientific testing. You will gain the tools and knowledge to assess website content and decide if what you are reading is correct and trustworthy. We show how to use the SPAT tool and give you an opportunity to practice using it.

Analyzing Print Sources - A tool from Read, Write, Think to help analyze print sources

Ask Here a PA librarian-- Pennsylvania's new statewide live chat reference service and is a free service to all residents of Pennsylvania, offering live chat reference 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Internet Public Library --The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment founded at the University of Michigan School of Information and hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology.

Virtual Learning Resources-- The mission of the Virtual Learning Resources Center is to index thousands of the best academic information websites, selected by teachers and library professionals worldwide, in order to provide to students and teachers current, valid information for school and university academic projects!

Google Scholar-- Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Library of Congress--Ask a librarian --The primary mission of the Library of Congress is to serve Members of the Congress and thereafter, the needs of the government, other libraries, and members of the public. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information requests in accordance with this mission.

All Experts-- Allexperts, created in early 1998, was the very first large-scale question and answer service on the net!
We have thousands of volunteers, including top lawyers, doctors, engineers, and scientists, waiting to answer your questions. All answers are free and most come within a day!

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online

MLA Style Resources

Purdue University Writing LabIn addition to offering information on writing and using MLA style, this site has APA style...make sure you enter the correct area. Remember MLA is typically used for humanities and APA for the sciences.

Directions for creating a WORKS CITED page

Many different types of CITATIONS in a proper paper format
Directions for creating IN-TEXT CITATIONS

Printable MLA Quick Sheet


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Basic Book and Encyclopedia Britannica Format: BasicWorkCitedExample.jpg

APA Style Resources

Purdue University Writing LabIn addition to offering information on writing and using MLA style, this site has APA style...make sure you enter the correct area. Remember MLA is typically used for humanities and APA for the sciences.

Sample APA Paper

How to make a running header only on the first page for APA format in Microsoft Word

Works Cited/Bibliography Generators

BibME-- is a free automatic bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages databases provided by Amazon, FindArticles, Yahoo! News, and CiteULike to quickly and accurately AutoFill citation information for you.

21st Century Tools

Otto Bib--Type in the ISBN of any book and the citation will be created for you in the style that you need.

Citation Machine

Easy Bib

Research Tools

Assignment Calculator--For the procrastinator in all of us!

Social Issues-- This web page has been created to meet the needs of Multnomah County middle and high school students researching current social issues from multiple perspectives.

Organize your ideas! -- Type your ideas into the form and they will be organized into a meaningful outline.

Wolfram Alpha search