Barnes & Noble
RJ Julia's of Madison
LOCAL TOWN LIBRARIES
Levi E. Coe Library (Middlefield)
Russell Library (Middletown)
Middletown Service Center (CT State Library)
The Town Times
The Hartford Courant
The Middletown Press
The New Haven Register
The New York Times
The New York Times Learning Center
Create a graph using Excel in Office versions: 2003-04
Create a graph using Excel in Office versions: 2007-11
SIMPLE RESEARCH TIPS UPDATE
"Netiquette" from Edutopia
Website Validity UPDATE
ICONN (from home you will need to enter your public library card number)
Knightcite Citation Service
OSLIS Citation Maker
Picturing America (These are the pictures along the main corridor)
The Gilder-Lehrman Institute
The Library of Congress
The National Constitution Center
SIMPLE RESEARCH TIPS
Before you go to Google, DO the following:
1. Go to Strong's Online Catalog
· Click the button above =)
· Enter your username and password
· Once Destiny Quest loads, type your topic in the Find box
Work from the general to the specific. In other words, for a DECADES PAPER: instead of searching first for specific events, i.e. “Watergate,” first search for your decade, “the 1970s.” From those books use their Index to locate more specific topics. While the LMC might have books on specific topics, there will be many it does not. Use the general resources to determine what topics you want to focus on. Make a list, and we can see if other local libraries have them.
2. Click on: http://blogs.rsd13ct.org/stronglmc/
This is the LMC’s webpage. From here, check out the For Students drop down menu. I post sites I have vetted for validity that you should use on the Social Studies page.
3. Click on: http://iconn.org *
Under More ICONN content, click on “Middle School” Try any of the databases. If you place the mouse over any of the database icons, it will tell you its content focus.
* From home you'll need to enter your pubic library card no. to access the iConn database.
4. Get some background from an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia YES, you read that correctly! YES, there is nothing wrong with using an encyclopedia—online or otherwise—to START your research IF IT IS USED PROPERLY.
CITING YOUR SOURCES!
Whenever you use a source: printed, online, visual, audio, etc. for ANY project you must ALWAYS give credit to the person who authored the resource.
It may be helpful to have an index card always handy to record the information you need from a source for your Works Cited page.
As you research, write down:
· Title (of book, website, or article)***
· Author or sponsor
· Copyright date
· Place of Publication
· Page(s) you took the information from
· Website address (called the URL)***
· The date you viewed the article***
*** These are the minimum three required for citing from an online source.
In RSD13 the preferred citation style is the one created by the Modern Language Association (MLA). It is currently in its 7th edition. I have copies in the LMC available for reference.
There are two very popular on-line citation makers:
OSLIS is more user-friendly; KNIGHTCITE has features that make maintaining a Work Cited page effortless; HOWEVER, you have to register for an account to do this which is a bit involved.
Detailed instructions for KNIGHTCITE are here. If you follow the directions carefully, it does work. =)
Here is a PDF of these tips. Feel free to print a copy and create a bookmark out of it.