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Research Tips

These research tips are provided as a suggested guideline to facilitate the research process for an efficient and successful learning experience.

Refer To:
  • Your Teacher's Guidelines
  • Big 6 Information Problem Solving Process
  • Bookmarks and posters
  • Hierarchy of Resources
Follow the Research Process - ex. Big6TM
Evaluate (step 6) and revisit other parts of the process over and over.
Evaluate
  • your sources,
  • your process,
  • your product.
Words of Wisdom --- Protect your work! Back-up your files.

Flash Drives (aka. thumb drives, key drives) can be purchased at HEB, Walmart, Office Depot, Best Buy, just to name a few. Even the cheapest will hold the data of many floppy disks and are not as vulnerable to damage.

Always have a copy of your most current saved original on your flash drive and in your network folder at school or on your home computer.

Caution! Magnets damage or erase computer disks. Do NOT place magnetic holders, cell phones, radios or any other devices that may contain magnets near computers.

Cite your sources as you find information.

The Navarro English Department requires MLA documentation for your citations.

Create a wordprocessing document and save as "citations." Copy/Paste your citations into the document.

Number or code your citations. Mark the code next to the info from the corresponding source in your notes to refer to later.

Save in Rich Text Format (RTF) if you have Microsoft Works or another word processing program at home. This will maintain your formatting, but allow your document to be opened by MS Word at school for printing.

Set our NISD Libraries page as the Home Page in your browser while doing research. You can always change it later.

Hierarchy of Resources

This guideline is provided as a strategic tool to help students maximize accuracy and efficiency when performing information searches.

1. Encyclopedias – Brainstorming, Keywords & Cross References for chosen topic
2. Library Resources:
  • Destiny - OPAC (Catalog)
  • Reference Books
  • Biographies
  • Non-Fiction Books
  • Periodicals
3. AV Software – Library use only
4. Teacher selected references and/or websites
5. Databases:
  • TexShare
  • Ebsco – Magazines & Journals
  • Points of View
  • Extended Collection
  • Britannica Online
  • Rand McNally Classroom (Maps)
  • CareerCruising
6. WebPath Express in Destiny - OPAC (catalog)

"Last Stop" Resources...

7. Vivisimo - Uses the Google search engine and others, then "clusters" or categorizes the results. (Less time surfing.)
Google – more authoritative searches than other search engines
– searches .gov., org, .edu sites first
Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves) has a kids search engine Ask for Kids.com
For more Children's search tools see Major Children's Guides and Directories
Other educator suggested web directories or search engines.
See the Navarro Libraries Home Page for more suggestions.

Other Sources to Consider:
  • Community Resources
  • Government Agencies, Museums, etc.
  • Interviews of local or professional authorities (people) on a subject / in a field
  • Public Library & TexShare Databases
  • College/University Libraries