Research Infographic

How do you research?

How to gather relevant information

A few websites that are good for current information are:

Tween Tribune : http://tweentribune.com/

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/

Newsela: https://newsela.com/

Student News: http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/

E-Star: http://www.kcstarsie.com/


If you want to use a different website look for a date. If it does not show a date dont use that source and find a new one.

How to use search terms (keywords) effectively in finding information?

When you are researching you want to keep it short and sweet. I recommend NOT to use google and use some of the websites provided:

Mid-Continent: http://www.mymcpl.org/online-information/homework-help

EBSCO Host: http://search.ebscohost.com/Community.aspx?community=y&authtype=ip&ugt=320731863C3625D73706350632552EE263D36013619365E326E33613390335&IsAdminMobile=N&encid=320771C67CC675C777C675C672C57CC733133003315335933663


How do you know what keywords to use? You need to look at the sentence and find what is most important. Say if you wanted to search "What caused the salmonella outbreak at Chipotle?" You would search Chipotle, Salmonella. If that doesn't come up with anything do What caused, Chipotle, Salmonella.

How to know if the website is credible

You want to make sure the Author states their name somewhere on the website.

You also want to see what there .(com, edu, vs etc.) If it has .edu then yes I would see what the website is about because edu stands for education.

If it has ads it might not be credible. Ads can be a bad sign for an untrustworthy website.

You also want to know the date of the article post etc. Because then you can see if the information is current.

The difference between Quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Quoting: Is using the exact words from your source/website.

Summarizing: is restating the main points of the article/website in your own words

Paraphrasing: is restating the idea in your own words

Simplified version: Quoting is the exact words, Summarizing is only the key points and Paraphrasing is restating it in your own words.


Sentence: supplement state and local recovery efforts, the scale of the destruction and loss was brutally clear,


Quote: supplement state and local recovery efforts, the scale of the destruction and loss was brutally clear.


Summarize: Recovery was hard because of all of the destruction.


Paraphrasing: The areas loss was devastating and obvious. Volunteers are helping to improve the demolition from the tornado the best they can.

What is Plagiarism? How do you avoid it?

Plagiarism Definition: the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.


How do you avoid it?



  1. You can paraphrase! Use their information but make it your own! (You still need to cite the source)
  2. Cite the source. You have to cite it even if you paraphrased because it is still their ideas/work. Make sure it is in MLA form
  3. When you want to use something exact from their passage/website you have to use quotes! ("")
  4. You can use a Plagiarism checker!



Plagiarism Checker:

http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

http://www.plagscan.com/seesources/analyse.php


DISCLAMIER: I have never used any of these Plagiarism Checkers

What MLA citation is

MLA citation is a way to cite a website, this is the most common way. If you are using MLA citation you must have a Works Cited Page. Work Cited Page must go with the Works cited in the text (in text citation).

Example of MLA citation:

"Obama, Barack." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2014): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.


In text citations. These are types of citations that you put where you have a piece of information in your writing. Usually when you are making an in ext citation it is the authors name.

Example: Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263)


What is underlined is the "in text citation". I know this because it is saying his name and what he wrote.


Works Cited Pages! I basically think of it as a bibliography, but it includes in text citations and you have to use the MLA format. The in text citations points your reader to the Works Cited Pages. When you want to make your Works Cited Page you get the MLA citation from each source. Then you would set it up as a bibliography.