Uh oh! Did you procrastinate and now you’re staring down the barrel of a research paper or project that seems impossible to complete? Here are three tips to help you get your researching done and that paper turned in on time!
#1. Make an assignment plan, and stick to it. We love the SJSU Assignment Calculator for breaking down the research process into manageable chunks. Just enter the due date and follow the clearly described steps for research success!
#2. Skip Google. Chances are, your teacher and librarian worked together to create a pathfinder for your research assignment. Check out the pathfinder and use the databases and vetted links that were compiled specifically for your project. You’ll save time and you can be sure that the sources provided in the pathfinder are trustworthy!
#3. When in doubt, visit the library. Your friendly school librarian can help you locate useful resources, teach you how to use the tools and tech to complete the project, and even proofread for you! If you need help, just ask! Stop by, or get in touch with your librarian through email at library.indiancreekschool.org or tweet @missfetterolf.
Super secret tip #4. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Use the SJSU Assignment Calculator on the very first day that you are given your assignment! Keep track of the steps that need to be completed by setting alarms in your phone or on a digital calendar. Give yourself little awards for reaching each goal; a doughnut here, 30 minutes of Netflix there, and before you know it, you’ll have completed the entire project and had time to enjoy some little pleasures! And visit the library for help on your next research project or paper!
Part of a library’s mission is to provide its patrons with reliable sources of information. These sources come in the form of books, internet, films, periodicals, databases, and many more items that patrons can check out or use in-house. Now, the David G. Richardson Library is adding another reliable resource for the Indian Creek community.
JSTOR is a database housing archival and current peer reviewed scholarly journals, primary sources, and books on a myriad of subjects. According to their site, JSTOR “helps students develop research skills, critical thinking, and information literacy. JSTOR provides students with exposure to peer reviewed scholarly research and prepares them for their future studies, enables teachers to incorporate important scholarly literature into their classes, and provides librarians with a reference resource of over 1,500 academic journals and other content.” If you’d like to browse JSTOR’s shelves or search for specific information on the site, visit www.jstor.org (for access from the ICS campus), or see a librarian to learn how to set up an account that you can access off-campus. If you need help navigating the site, watch a few video tutorials here: http://about.jstor.org/video-tutorials. Happy searching!
Originally posted on March 19, 2013 on http://www.indiancreekschool.org.
Creating bibliographies and works cited pages in strict MLA format is hardly the most fun part of a research project, but it is an undeniably necessary evil. Without a bibliography, how would your audience know where you found your information? In an effort to make her students’ lives a little easier when creating bibliographies, Mrs. Engles recently attended an AIMS (Association of Independent Maryland & D.C. Schools) workshop for teachers to learn more about EasyBib and how her students can use this time-saving tech tool.
EasyBib.com is a website that does exactly what the title says: it uses online information to easily create citations that can be exported to a word document with just a few clicks. When citing a book or print source, students need only enter the ISBN number or search by title to find the exact book that they used in their research. When they find the correct source, EasyBib then returns a fully formatted citation in any style students choose: MLA, APA, or Chicago. EasyBib will also make citations for sources found in newspapers, journals, or magazines; found online; on databases; or 53 other format options. This means that students will no longer have to pour over the MLA manual for exact formatting rules when they use less conventional sources like movies, brochures, or court cases for information in a school project.
Students can also take EasyBib on the go with apps for Apple and Adroid devices. In the picture above, Mrs. Engles demonstrates to her students how simple creating a citation can be if they use the EasyBib app on the iPhone to scan the publisher’s barcode on the back of the book. Using just the barcode, EasyBib access the publication info about the book from WorldCat and then creates a citation that can be emailed to the student from their phone or iPad. Watch the video below to see Mrs. Engles speak more about EasBib and its applications.
Originally posted on Feb. 13. 2012 on http://www.indiancreekschool.org.