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Cranston High School East Library: Lopes - Career Research

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American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner:

1.1.1    Follow an inquiry based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real world connection for using this process in own life.

1.1.3    Develop and refine a range of questions to frame the search for new understanding.

1.1.4    Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.  

1.1.5    Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.

Common Core State Standards:

CC.11-12.W.1 Text Types and Purposes: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CC.11-12.W.2 Text Types and Purposes: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CC.11-12.W.2.b Text Types and Purposes: Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.

CC.11-12.W.7 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CC.11-12.W.8 Research to Build and Present Knowledge: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.

Bureau of Labor & Statistics

The student section of The Bureau of Labor and Statistics website contains great information about a variety of careers, organized into 17 categories such as "building & making things", "computers", "food", "helping people", "sports", etc.  

The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains up-to-date information on nearly all careers.  Includes work environment, pay, education, what they do and the job outlook. 

My Next Move

My Next Move asks the question, "What do you want to do for a living?"  Whether you know what you want to do or are unsure, this web site will help you figure out your next move when it comes to a career. My Next Move is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.

Use to search, browse or query through over 900 different careers. Read career profiles, job descriptions, educational requirements, and career outlook information. Find out what kind of salary to expect, watch short videos, and even learn about the types of people that typically go into each career.

To use other sections of the website you are required to sign up for a free account.

Interest Survey Websites

Take a quick questionnaire to determine what you are interested in, and what careers might be good for you. Here are four sites that include interest inventory surveys.


The O*NET Interest Profiler is an online tool with 60 questions about work activities that some people do in their jobs.  You indicate whether you like or dislike the activities and the tool recommends some careers that you might be interested in. 


Your Free Career Test has a quick questionnaire you can take to help determine good careers for you.


Job Seeker Center logo


AskRI Job Seeker Center - Click on "Learning Express Career Center" to learn more about a career or prepare for an occupation exam. (You must complete a free registration to use this site).



iSeek requires you to sign up for a free account to receive your survey results.

Nonfiction Books

The CHSE Library has over 100 books about careers.  You can find them in the nonfiction section (follow the green signs).  The call number for most of the career books is 331.7, and the call number for military career books is 355


Free Online Citation Creators

Use the free online citation creators below to generate and save citations for all types of sources. 

Purdue OWL MLA Citation Guide

The Purdue Owl guide to MLA is the authority on citation.  This guide contains easy-to-understand directions on formatting citations, in-text (parethetical) citations, and works cited pages in MLA format.

CHSE English Department Guide

Created by the CHSE English Department, this guide provides step-by-step directions for writing a research paper and includes directions for citing sources.  Click on the link below to download the "Writing the Research Paper" guide.