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Nobel Middle School/Grade 6/Andy Gioulis

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The following resources are designed to support Nobel Middle School students with research assignments.


Search Strategy | Credible Resources | How to Write an Effective Topic Sentence and Paragraph | Recommended Databases | Finding Articles Online

Citation and Evaluation Guides | Reference Services and Library Hours | Library Instruction Session (.doc) | Middle School Library Resources Handout (.doc) | Middle School Exercise (.doc)

Search Strategy

Take time to plan your research strategy.

  1. Determine the kinds of information you need and think about ways to describe your topic.
    • Does your teacher require you to use certain types of sources?
    • Make a list of synonyms you can mix and match in your searches.
  2. Find the information you need:
    • Reference Books - there are encyclopedias for almost any subject
    • Books
    • Articles - newspapers, magazines, and journals in print or online
    • Statistics - government sources are good for statistics
    • Web sites - verify information
  3. Evaluate the information you found.
    • Did you find enough evidence to support your thesis statement?
    • Did you find conflicting information in any of your sources?
    • Are your sources all credible? Who wrote them? Experts?
  4. Use the information to write your paper.
    • 5Ws - Who, What, Where, When, Why (and How)
  5. Cite your sources.
    • Citing sources tells your instructors where you found your information. This includes using direct quotes and paraphrasing someone else's ideas and words. Using the work of others to support your argument is good, but you must give credit to the original author.
    For more information about the research process see How to do Library and Internet Research.

Credible Sources

Deciding which types of credible sources are best depends on your assignment requirements and the nature of the topic you are researching.

How to Write an Effective Topic Sentence and Paragraph

The Owl at Purdue, Paragraphs & Paragraphing (includes information on writing effective topic sentences)

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Elite (EBSCO) - Check the Full Text box to retrieve articles online; check the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals box if you are looking for scholarly articles.

General OneFile (Gale) - Check the Documents to Full Text box to retrieve articles online; check the Peer-Reviewed box if you are looking for scholarly articles.

Finding Articles Online if you are not at the Oviatt Library

You can access the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) databases from home by logging on with your LAPL card. To access the General OneFile database look for the letter “G.” The General OneFile database will meet the needs of many assignments.

Citation and Evaluation Guides

Reference Services and Library Hours

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