“Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet”–Abraham Lincoln

Use the WCS Dashboard as well as these resources to assist you with locating information and images for your class work. 

 

Databases and Sites Images Works Cited Other

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 noodletools

NoodleTools Tips:
Always use MLA.
Access “Works Cited” in NoodleTools dashboard after you “create a new project” or “open a project.”
Print Resources
WMS Library Catalog & E-Books
Brentwood Public Library
Williamson County Public Library
Google Books
 Use either of these from TEL:

 

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Great for images and info:
nettrekker
 Finished Works Cited page:
  • Print/Export to Word or Google Docs
  • Check for spelling, capitalization
  • Check that entries are in alpha order.
  • Print
Biography Resources
Academy of Achievement
Biography
Infoplease
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Library of Congress American Memory
White House
Women in Aviation and Space
 wb-button  creative-commons
Library of Congress- Biographies for Kids
National Women’s Hall of Fame
Time
 grolier  wikimedia
Persuasive:
TEL- Opposing Viewpoints
Pro-Con.org

 

How do I know if I’ve found a “credible” source?

RRADCAB

Your vehicle for information evaluation!
 

RELIABLE

  • Is the information correct?
  • Am I on the right track?
  • Is there a bibliography or are there links to other reliable (credible) sites?
RELEVANT
  • Is the information relevant to the topic at hand?
  • (Relevant means closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand)
APPROPRIATE 
  •  Is the information suitable to my age and core values?
DETAIL
  • How much information do I need?
  • Is the depth of coverage adequate?
CURRENCY
  • When was the information published or last updated?
  • Currency is a sign of accuracy. 
AUTHORITY
  • Who is the author of the information?
  • What are his or her qualifications?
  • Is this person an expert?
BIAS
  • Why was this information written?
  • What is the purpose of the site? Was it written to inform me, entertain me, persuade me, or sell me something?

KEYS to RESEARCH SUCCESS

1. Use reliable resources
 WCS databases and other sites are recognized for having the best information. 
 
2. Use keyword searches, not questions
Example: Harriet Tubman escape NOT How did Harriet Tubman escape?
 
3. Use a variety of resources
Use a mixture of online and print.
 
4. Evaluate your resources
 Use RRADCAB to help you decide if you are using the best resources for the job. 
 
5. Avoid plagiarism
Put your findings in your own words. Use direct quotes and give credit to the speaker/ writer of the information.
 
6. Cite your sources correctly.
Use NoodleTools to help you create your Works Cited page.

WIKIPEDIA 

  • Ok for an overview of a topic. If you use the information, make sure the information has been cited from a reliable source.
  • Links to other sites and pictures are usually reliable.
  •  Follow the links to more reliable sites and use that information instead.
AVOID
 
 
WIKI.ANSWERS.COM
This is a “Forum” and might be ok for learning how to fix your XBOX, but not ok for scholarly research.
ABOUT.COM
It does not have the quality information your teachers are looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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