M.S.S. VIRTUAL LIBRARY

GENERAL RESEARCH TIPS

EVALUATING RESEARCH SOURCES

RESEARCH STEPS

  1. ENCYCLOPEDIAS - A great place to start to familiarize yourself about any research topic.

  2. BOOKS - There is no replacement for reading a book about your topic. Search the Rainbow District School Board Library Database for relevant materials on your topic. See the school librarian to request any book.

  3. NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE, AND JOURNAL DATABASES - Search any of these databases and local current articles on your topic. If needed, see the librarian or your teacher for the username and password.

  4. GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AND STATISTICS - Useful documents and statistics to enhance your understanding of the topic and conduct close analysis.

  5. MAPS - If needed, collections of maps to complement research on various topics.

  6. ONLINE SOURCES - Specialized sites on an assortment of specific topics. If needed, see the librarian or your teacher for the username and password.

  7. SEARCH ENGINE - After you have exhausted all other avenues, search the web using a quality search engine like Webcrawler that weaves together Google, Yahoo, Ask.com entering key words on your topic.