Organizing and Storing your Research:

Citation generators are great for citing resources properly! Users can plug information about their resource (author, title, etc.) into cells and hit generate citation and it formats each citation properly for them. With electronic citation generators, no more do students need to focus so much energy on proper formatting; instead students can put their attention to locating quality resources which are diverse and synthesizing that gathered information into work of their own, whether the end product is a written paper, a presentation, both, etc. The most popular citation generators are easybib (possibly too easy!!!!) and noodletools.

Our school prefers Noodletools because a (low-cost) subscription allows students to see how to parenthetically cite each individual source and the students can create an outline along with notecards, which is not available on EasyBib. Using NoodleTools, students can extract information from their resources into notecards, associate them with the proper source, and pull them into the proper location of their Noodletool outline. This helps them to assess where they have enough information and where they need additional information.
Using Noodletools as a Citation, Notecard, and Outline Generator


Google Sites is a nice place for students to store all of their project articles, images, link to Noodletools, presentation, etc. so that they can access it from any computer. For storage, think of it as an alternative to a flash drive since students can access the files anywhere that there is an internet connection. It is also able to be shared with project partners or their teacher. A teacher may find it useful to monitor their progress and leave messages during research.
Using GoogleSites as a virtual Flash Drive to store your project information PLUS communicate with your teacher and/or classmates

Diigo is a really useful tool which allows students to capture information straight from a website into a diigo account. The student can do this by highlighting text on a website, screen capture, or posting sticky notes onto the website. Diigo is even collaborative where the student researching can share the information that they have selected with a group that they designate to share with; it can be the whole class or it can be smaller groups.
Using Diigo to highlight and annotate


Determining your Research Focus:

This article discusses the concept of keeping your research focus broad versus narrowing your focus on your topic. This is a helpful resource for when you are developing your thesis and your outline.
Outlines: Narrowing your Research Focus

Linked below is a collection of resources that help students with thesis statements including links to thesis builder/ generators.
Developing a Thesis Statement
Constructing a Thesis Statement
Concept Sort: Thesis, Outline, Body

Gathering Information from Quality Sources:

It is here where you want to be certain to be aware of the subscription databases that are available to you. These vary by library. Contact your library to learn about access to the specific resources they subscribe to. Linked below are articles which will help you further understand quality research concepts/skills.
This article discusses why you should use articles from scholarly journals and how you can successfully use them without becoming overwhelmed.
WHY and HOW to use Peer Reviewed resources from Scholarly Journals

SweetSearch is a great (and FREE) search engine to teach students. The content is plentiful and has been selected by a staff of educators and librarians. On SweetSearch there is a way to link into a filtered form of Google. It is fun to show students how many results are returned in a regular Google Search, then searching the same keyword in SweetSearch and then selecting the filtered Google. If students do not find a lot on SweetSearch with their topic, then the filtered Google would be the next preference.
Using SweetSearch blog post

Another FREE way that students may find quality research is by using a curation tool. Joyce Valenza instructed her researching students to set up a curation search that was specific to their research topic. Here is Joyce's post on students using curation tools for research.

Twitter can be a useful way to find current information or connect with professionals. Here is an article which discusses Using Twitter to Locate the Latest Information on your Research Topic

Statistics are often stumbled upon during the research process. This article discusses how you can actively seek statistics to support your research.
Seeking out Statistics which will Enhance your Research


Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

Putting your Presentation together:

The article below links you to multitudes of sources which provide copyright friendly images, audio, and graphics.
Copyright Friendly Images/Audio/Graphics

We often ask ourselves when we use images, audio, or video that belongs to someone else if we are breaking copyright. If the way we are using it transforms the original product into something new, we probably are not breaking copyright. This is called transformative use. Linked here is a really useful tool in helping you to determine if your product aligns with copyright allowances:
Copyright Tool to determine if your Project/Presentation is Copyright Compliant

Years ago, school libraries started pushing for PRESENTATION REFORM. Tired of the boring bulleted PowerPoint presentations, they teamed up to encourage students to present with a little pizazz.

Helping Students Recognize their Presentation Style
Presentation Ideas (Digital Storytelling and Reforming PowerPoint)

Video Editing and Conversion Links


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