Plan the Search
- What do you want to learn about?
- What do you already know?
- Group ideas together
- Make a list of key words or phrases
- Where can you find information?
- Gather your tools
Search for Information
- A library has encyclopedias, reference material and non-fiction books.
- The library catalog groups books by subject, title, author and keywords.
- Reference and non-fiction books have helpful indexes, tables of content and glossaries.
- MPS Library Resource Center website has online databases and research tips.
- An internet search or a query engine acts as a giant index.
- Data Sheets
- Fact Finders
- KWL Charts
- Note Cards
- Cluster Charts
Interpret and Record Information
- Scan it - look for the main idea
- Can you put it in your own words?
- Organize it into lists of what is similar
- Compare it
- Put it in order
- Test the information: who wrote it, when was it written, are sources cited, are they an expert, has it won any awards?
- Ask yourself: "Is it too hard to understand?"
- Conclude with your thoughts: what did you discover, did it make sense, did you expect it, have you changed your ideas?
Communicate the Information
- a power point presentation
- a display of your findings with pictures and charts
- an oral report
- a video
- a model
If your instructor requires a written report include:
- an introduction
- the body - paragraphs including your findings
- a conclusion
- a bibliography
Remember to have your paper reviewed by a friend or a parent. Use their input to correct spelling, grammatical errors and sentence structure. Revising and rewriting is an essential part of the process.