Information can be gained from numerous sources, such as books, websites, encyclopedias, newspapers, dictionaries, databases, atlases, periodicals, interviews, yearbooks, and community resources.
It is essential to gather information efficiently and effectively. Your time is important, so use it wisely. Always remember to record where you are getting your information from.
To begin your information gathering, use a T-Chart to write down what you already know about the topic. Use the second column of the T-Chart to write down what you would like to find out about your topic.
NETS and Boolean are common methods used to search effectively.
Use the NETS search technique
1. Narrow search
2. find Exact phrase
3. Trim back url
4. look for Similiar pages
Use a Boolean Search, which uses the words AND, OR, BUT
For example: If you are researching cell phones and using a Boolean Search, you will get the following results.
cell AND phone Documents with both words
cell OR phone The greatest number of matches, which includes documents with either word
cell NOT phone Documents with the word cell, but not about phone; a good way to limit the search
Where to find information?
Your school library has a collection of non-fiction books, reference materials, encyclopedias and databases to assist your research. The school has purchased Proquest Databases, which is an online database that can be accessed from the school, or at home. The username for use at the school is 1977157 and the username for use at home is 1977157H. The password is the same for school and home use - L3V5W1. You can find the password in the library or on the common drive under library passwords.
SIRS offers a multi-media, yet subject specific information as well as insight into the Pros and Cons of over 300+ controversial issues. It provides writing tips and subject suggestions to get you started.
History Study Center - has primary and secondary resources that reflect World history from ancient times to the present day.
Proquest Learning: Literature - 3 000+ author biographies, 40 full-text searchable journals, full-text literary works, study notes on literary works.
Within the school you can access T.V. and films that are found in the CBC archives by clicking on Curio.ca
Tumblebookcloud.com: e-books and audiobooks
password: (Is in the Common drive under library passwords)
Top Free Documentaries Online: includes documentaries in the areas of Performing Arts, Nature, History, Science, Sports Technology etc.
Encyclopedia Britannica - online Encyclopedia
Password: (Is in the Common drive under library passwords)