Research is not:
Words for the wise student:
Netcaster. David Douglas Duncan, Mexico, 1937. Photography Collection.
[Special thanks to Meg Omainsky for permission to adapt her research guide]
Following these steps will help you to focus and stay organized while doing your research.
1. Task Definition
2. Information Seeking Strategies
3. Location and Access
4. Use of Information
Big6: Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz. Adapted from the Copley Library Guide, http://cbury.libguides.com/research, and the Eugene Ashley Library Guide, https://ashley.nhcs.libguides.com/researchprocess.
You are already logged-in when you are at school. To access these resources from home or anywhere else, see below:
Databases and Encyclopedias:
World Book and JSTOR use the username: sun, and password: valley.
Gale in Context High School, Gale Literary Sources and Gale Virtual Reference Center use the ID: sunvalley (notice there is no space).
Ebsco Explora, History Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Science Reference Center and Ebsco Ebooks use the username: sun, and the password: valley2022!
All of the other databases are provided through POWER Library, which allows you to sign up for a free eCard to use their eResources or you can enter your public library card number. If you don't have a public library card, you can sign up for one to access their large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines and their databases. Fill out this form and they'll send you a card number ASAP.
See or email Mrs. Smith for help: email@example.com.
“Google is not a synonym for research.”
Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
It is one tool that can be used carefully in research. Use it wisely along with databases, reference books, and other search engines. When searching the internet using Google or any other search engine, you need to evaluate the credibility of the information you find and the sources. See Mrs. Smith for help.
Systematic investigation or inquiry aimed at contributing to knowledge of a theory, topic, etc., by careful consideration, observation, or study of a subject. http://www.oed.com/
Conducting research is a process. Learning some simple steps can help make your work efficient and successful. With the help of this guide, you will learn the Big 6 Research Process. This approach can help you structure your research and can be applied to any research assignment with which you are faced. View the following Prezi (created by Christine Gudowski and made available for educators) for an introduction to the Big6 and the research process.