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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.

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.

From the Reference section in our library, you should check The World Book Encyclopedia (for the history of each colony, from settlement to statehood, look up the seperate state articles alphabetically) and the Colonial America Encyclopedia, REF 973.2 COL (Check the index at the end of any volume to locate your colony alphabetically). 

 

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.

Type the name of your colony like this ("Maryland colony) in the library catalog search box to see if the library has any books on your colony.  

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.

  • American History
    Search this database by typing the name of your colony ("Maryland") in the search box followed by "during the colonial period." You will retrieve a long informative article on your colony.
 

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