By: Jack Chappuies
How to gather relevant resources for your projects:
There are plenty of research sites on the web, but these are two that will be very useful. Like EBSCO. Just pick Explora Middle School. It has many articles and stories (Non-fiction Stories), and a great selections. It has advanced search.
Also You can use the CIA World Factbook. This website is held by the government's CIA. It has facts about different countries. Like the religion of the country and the population.
How to generate different research questions:
To generate different research questions you have to use reasonable and narrow questions like: Where are five star hotels in Orlando, Florida? Using location is great for narrow research such as: How did The United States get their government? Always use narrow, topics and use location.
Advanced Search and how to use it.
Advanced Search is an easier way to search for subjects. It helps narrow the search down. Like if you had to research tigers, it would pop up Missouri Tigers (Football) or Tiger Woods (Golf). Just search Tigers NOT Football NOT Golf. Then it would be narrowed down, and you will have better search results. The website used is EBSCO host: Explora Middle School
How do you know whether it's credible or not?
Well I'm glad you asked! First you have to check the address, it if has anything but .com it is going to be credible. Like .gov, .edu are good ones. The first one I want to mention is .gov, which is made by the government. It will have great information. One example is https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/. Also .edu is usually college or school sites. It could have information that students have, or professor's lesson, such as http://www.harvard.edu/. The next thing you need to do is look at the author, if it's something like Professor Watkins is great because professors are educators, and your looking for education for the topic. Yet something like XxxJellyboy84305xxX is not credible. Finally, look at the ads and sponsors around the webpage. If there is ads everywhere, and the sponsors are distracting that is probably not the webpage you want...
The difference between Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarizing and some examples.
Quoting is copying the exact words of the author, make sure it is cited. Paraphrasing is putting the author's words into your own words, and last but not least summarizing which is making a quick sum up of the article. All of these methods MUST BE CITED!! An example of quoting is (This is just off the top of my head): "The cheetah is the fastest land animal.", and example of paraphrasing: The fastest animal is The cheetah. Also summarizing: Lots of animals are fast but the cheetah is the fastest!
What is plagiarism? How can I avoid it?
Plagiarism is when you copy another person's work. Pictures, words, ideas, and sounds. This is illegal, as in you can go to jail or get a high fee. You can avoid it by citing the information you use from the website. It's that simple!
What is a MLA citation?
There are two MLA citations, in-text citation and works cited pages. In-text citations are when you label the author's last name and page number in parentheses, and it helps with quotes whenever you copy it down from the textbook. Works cited pages are bibliographies, all of your sources cited at the end of the paper.