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2. Search for Information

2.1 Determine all possible sources
When we think of research, we immediately think either Yahoo or Google.  But, quality research takes on many different forms:
  • Interviews
  • Field trip observations & critiques 
  • The library catalog and books
  • Conducting surveys
  • Books, textbooks, poems, speeches
  • Encyclopedias
  • Scholarly databases
  • Podcasts on Listenwise.com; here is an instructional "how to use" video

Notice how we did not mention Google as a research source.  Please watch the video to understand in what situations Google is okay, but why we discourage it for academic research.  

 



2.2 Select the best sources
Our teachers will most likely require you use one of the databases from Jeffco Public Libraries.  There is login information an instructions on how to access them on the main "Research" page.

To learn more about databases, watch the EdPuzzle video.  The video will ask you three questions. 

Notice how we did not mention Google as a research source.  Please watch the video to understand in what situations Google is okay, but why we discourage it for academic research. 
 



2.3 Use search techniques
Finding the information you need all depends on your search techniques.  The first search term you use may not produce the results you need for your project.

ASSIGNMENT:  

1. Watch the video on the right that explains how to use various keywords, Boolean searches, and truncation.

2.  Complete the "Finding Relevant Resources" worksheet  




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