Improving Research Practices

Make Up Lessons


Here are the notes you need to fill the CITATION 101 Handout

Works Cited Page Format:

Font--Times New Roman

Size-- 12

Title--Works Cited

Title Alignment--Centered

In-Text Citation Information:

  • The word on the LEFT side of each citation is the word you use in your in-text citation.

  • If using the title for your in-text citation keep the punctuation.

Articles have QUOTES around them

Books are in ITALICS

  • Punctuation goes on the oustide of the parantheses

EasyBib Tips and Tricks

In you need to remember to check this information to create your citations!

  • Check the ARTICLE TITLE
  • Check the WEBSITE TITLE
  • Make sure you find both dates:


  • Find the AUTHOR

If there is NO AUTHOR-put the company name in the LAST NAME BOX

Watch the Easy Bib Tutorial Below

Then go the this website:

Follow the directions and complete a works cited page for the links listed on the website above!

Easy Bib Website Tutorial

Locating Information

Follow These Directions

You can find information for research projects in three places:

  • Print (books)
  • The Internet
  • Databases

Activity 1:

Learn how to access the online databases provided by Keystone.

Go to this website:

  1. Select INFO TRAC Student
  2. Click the HIGH SCHOOL tab
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select the US HISTORY database (it is orange)
  4. Complete the checklist titled "Database Checklist"

You can use any of the databases provided to find information on your topic, I just chose the US HISTORY database for this activity.

Activity 2:

You are going to complete the VENN DIAGRAM worksheet by conducting searches on and is a search engine that has a team of editors evaluating the search results that appear for the various searches you conduct.

When completing the VENN DIAGRAM compare and contrast the different search results that appear on both search engines. Look at the different web endings, different types of websites that each search engine provides and how many search hits each search engine provided.

Note: When searching on make sure you select the "selected sites" tab when you get to the search results page. The "this site" tab will not provide you with any search results. If you are confused feel free to ask a classmate, Mrs. Oldenkamp or Mrs. Broadbent for help!

Search Terms

Watch the SEARCH TERM video below.

After watching the video follow these directions.

  1. Find the Research Question paper
  2. Writing directly on the paper complete these steps.
  3. Eliminate the unimportant words.
  4. List synonyms
  5. Write a search term you would type into Google to find the answer to this question.
Search Terms

Website Evaluation

When evaluating an article you have found online you need to ask yourself these questions to determine the sources credibility:

· WHO—Is there an author, do they have any credentials (eduation) regarding the topic, contact information provided?

· WHERE—is this webpage located? Check the URL is it a personal page (blog)? Check the ending (.org, .com, .net, .edu, .gov, .mil)

· WHEN—Was the article posted? Has it been update recently

· WHY—would is use this information? Was this site published too: inform, entertain, sell, persuade or a combination?

Using the article provided and the WEBSITE EVALUATION form determine if the source I have provided is credible and reliable.

  1. You must fill out the Website Evaluation sheet by answering the questions in each box on the left.
  2. Answer this question on the back of your Website Evaluation worksheet:
  • Is this source credible and reliable? How do you know it is or isn't?