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The Research Process

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

WHAT'S MY QUESTION?  HOW MUCH DO I KNOW?

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.

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Digital Tools

These tools will help you create your project.

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

0-25% REFERENCE

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

Cover Art
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)

Cover Art
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)

The Bill of Rights - Milton Meltzer
Call Number: 342.73 M
Traces the history of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution and highlights contemporary challenges to each of the ten amendments. (CIP)

The Constitution and the Founding of America - Lydia D. Bjornlund
Call Number: 320.973 BJO
Discusses the United States Constitution and the founding of America, covering such aspects as the Constitutional Convention, the writing of the Constitution, the struggle for ratification, and the enduring legacy of this document. (CIP)

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)

50-75% DATABASES

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.

75-100% HIGH QUALITY WEBSITES

  • American Government and Politics: This Nation  Icon
    "ThisNation.com is dedicated to providing factual, unbiased information about government and politics in the United States of America."--from website

    Look here for information on the branches of government and the Constitution.
  • Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids  Icon
    "This is an excellent site for an introduction to government for K-12. Gain insights into government by exploring its powers, forms, functions, historical documents, etc."--Webpath Express
  • Government 101: VoteSmart  Icon
    "This tutorial is informative, practical and easy, and is intended to help refresh your knowledge of American politics by providing useful information about Congress, political parties, campaign finance, the Constitution, elections, state government and much more."--from website
  • Our Three Branches of Government: The Truman Library  Icon
    Investigate the roles of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government.--Webpath Express
  • The Legislative Process: THOMAS/The Library of Congress  Icon
    This website is intended to provide a basic outline of the numerous steps of our federal lawmaking process from the source of an idea for a legislative proposal through its publication as a statute. It is part of a larger web site entitled Thomas, which is a service of the Library of Congress, dedicated to the spirit of Thomas Jefferson.--from website
  • The Three Branches of Government: Factmonster  Icon
    "The United States Government is divided into three branches. Each branch performs separate functions. At this web site, learn why the authors of the Constitution set up the federal government in this way, and also find details about each branch."--from website
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