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Winman Library: Research Tips and Tricks

General Help for any Research Project

If you've just been assigned a research project and you're not sure where to start, you'll find useful tips and tricks on this web page.  

Avoiding Plagiarism

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1.  Make sure that your sources are RELIABLE.  Here's a poster to help you remember questions to ask yourself when considering a website for a resource::  Poster: 5Ws of Website Evaluation

Click here for a video on Website Evaluation

2.  Avoid plagiarism.  Here's a quick video to remind you how to avoid stealing other people's work.  

This Video: Citing Sources, Why and How to do it is also helpful.  

3.  Set up a graphic organizer or note-taking system:

There are many ways to take notes, but you should include the following key points on sources that you use:

4.  Keep track of resources as you use them!!

Start with a Book: Destiny Discover

1.  Find books in the library:

2.  Find scholarly ebooks on Ebsco Books Online

Images you can use for Free!

You should always give credit to the content that use--that includes images.  However, these websites let you use their images for free!

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Reliable Websites for Specific Research Topics

If you're researching Natural Disasters:

World Book Student Online Encyclopedia for background information and topic ideas:  World Book Student Link

World Book Online Encyclopedia :  World Book Advanced Link

United States Geological Survey:  Earthquakes

Smithsonian Institution:  Volcanoes

UCAR Center for Science Education:  Storms and Other Weather's Severe Weather of all types:  Severe Weather and Preparedness

Ready Kids:  Let's Make a Plan

Smithsonian Institution:  Emergency Preparedness