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The Research Process

Remember, when you are conducting research, the two most important questions to ask are:


Depending on your question and how much you know about your topic will determine which resource is the best one for you to use.

If you know 0-25% of your topic, choose a REFERENCE source.

If you know 25-50% of your topic, choose a BOOK.

If you know 50-75% of your topic, choose a DATABASE from the approved list on this page.

If you know 75-100% of your topic, choose a SEARCH ENGINE like GOOGLE on the INTERNET. Use the SEARCH terms and phrases from your DATABASE searches in your GOOGLE search. Use what you know about your topic already to weed out useless or wrong information. But first, check the approved websites on this page.

Digital Tools

These tools will help you create your project.

  • NoodleTools
    A great way to quickly create your bibliography or works cited list!


A REFERENCE could be a print encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary or thesaurus, or a digital source like a database. Here you will learn the basics of your topic, fast facts and vocabulary words that you can use later as search terms.

REF 320.473 ENC Encyclopedia of American Government 

A four-volume set that includes 200 alphabetically-arranged entries about a variety of topics related to the United States government, including the Bill of Rights, gay rights, gender politics, and criminal procedures. (CIP)


25-50% BOOK

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A BOOK could be a print book, an e-book, a digital textbook, or an audio book. A BOOK in any form is usually more specific than a REFERENCE source. Here you will add details to the basic information you have already learned and begin to connect your basic facts together. You can use the library catalog to look up title, publisher and author information that you may need to fill in your notes.


Selected Constitution/Government Books from Our Library

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Americapedia - Jodi Lynn Anderson; Daniel Ehrenhaft; Andisheh Nouraee
Call Number: 320.6 AND
Blends humor and facts in a look at events in America and the world, providing information about the electoral system in the U.S., the world economy, the role of religion in conflict, America's place in the world, and other topics, and including advice on how to get involved.

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How Elections Work - Jeanne Marie Ford
Call Number: 324.6 FOR
Learn how Americans cast their votes and make their voices heard in national, state, and local elections

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How the Executive Branch Works - Maddie Spalding
Call Number: 351 SPA
Text and photographs look at how the executive branch of the United States government works.

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How the Government Works - Jeanne Marie Ford
Call Number: 321 FOR
Learn about the history, importance, and procedures of the U.S. government at the national, state, and local levels.

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How the Judicial Branch Works - Naomi J. Krueger
Call Number: 347 KRU
ISBN: 9781503809055
Text and photographs look at how the judicial branch of the United States government works.

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How the U. S. Government Works - Syl Sobel
Call Number: 320.473 SOB
Explains the three branches of the federal government-- legislative, executive, and judicial-- and how they work. (CIP)

National Government - Ernestine Giesecke
Call Number: 320.473 GIE
Introduces the purpose and function of national government, the significance of the Constitution, the three branches of government, how the government raises money, and how a bill becomes a law. (CIP)

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Our Constitution - Linda Carlson Johnson
Call Number: 342.73 J
Describes the creation of the document which sets out the rules of government for our country. (CIP)

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The Bill of Rights - Marcia Amidon Lusted
Call Number: 342.7308 LUS
Learn about the rights and freedoms protected by the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including their history and importance for Americans today

The U. S. Constitution - Don Nardo
Call Number: 342.73 NAR
Discusses the development and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and their influence around the world. (CIP)

The U. S. Constitution - Lydia D. Bjornlund
Call Number: 342.73 BJO
Discusses the history, writers, drafting, and impact of the United States Constitution. (CIP)

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The U. S. Constitution - Marcia Amidon Lusted
Call Number: 342.73 LUS
Learn how the U.S. Constitution established the American government and what this document means for modern Americans.


DATABASES are organized, searchable sources of information, often available only with a subscription (which means you will need passwords for remote access, ask Jennifer, Elizabeth or Matthew for the passwords). Beyond that, a database can be anything: images, videos, articles from magazines or videos, or collections of print encyclopedia information. Even though you access them through the INTERNET, DATABASES have more specific information than what you will find just GOOGLING your topic. Here you will find more current information on your topic using the vocabulary words your learned from your REFERENCE and BOOK sources as your SEARCH terms.



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