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.
WHO invented it?
WHAT did s/he invent?
WHERE did the invention originate?
WHEN was it invented?
WHY did s/he invent it? Was it to make life or communication easier?
HOW was it invented? Was it an accident? A result of years of research?
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.
These tools will help you create your project.
DATABASES are organized, searchable sources of information, often available only with a subscription (which means you will need passwords for remote access, ask Jennifer or Clair 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.