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Community Project: Research!

Search Steps

  1. Interviews 

Yes, you will be interviewing people!  Parents, teachers, owners of businesses, entrepreneurs you come across!  Interviews may be:

  • in person
  • online
  • by video
  • by email

ALL will be entered into your EasyBib!

2. Wikipedia for Research? Maybe yes...

  1. Check Talk Tab for Grade
  2. Any Warning Box?
  3. If a C or better, read paragraphs before Table of Contents for Key Words & "Key Phrases" Write them down! 
  4. Check Table of Contents to narrow topic and go to specific section of interest
  5. Read section of interest 
    1. Add to Key Words and "key phrases"
    2. Click on Footnotes > Use these References for your research!
    3. Check any External Links for specific websites
  6. Never quote or cite a Wikipedia article in academic work!

      In summary, how & when you use Wikipedia:      

  • If graded C or better, use for key words and "key phrases"
  • Use table of contents to narrow and focus topic and find more key terms and footnotes
  • Use appropriate footnotes for resources
  • Use links to off-Wikipedia websites

3. Google Searching

  1. Use your prior knowledge, keywords and "key phrases"  "in quotation marks" from Interviews, Wikipedia, Discussions with Teachers, common knowledge
    1. Ex: "art therapy" 
  2. Use synonyms within parentheses and Boolean OR --->
    1. Ex: (elderly OR seniors)
  3. Combine to make a Search String using Boolean AND: --->
    1. Ex: "art therapy" AND (elderly OR seniors)
  4. Maybe limit the domain?  or
    1. Ex: "art therapy" AND (elderly OR seniors)

              Some of your Topics and possible Search Strings:                

  • 3D imaging – physics/low poly art style
    • “low poly art style” AND 3d
  • Create paint/scent  – chemistry
    • diy AND art AND paint AND scent
  • Chandelier/recycled  materials
    • diy AND recycled AND chandelier
  • DIY Shoes/recycled materials
    • (diy OR create) shoes AND "recycled products"
  • Book holder when lying down
    • "book holder" (bed OR 'lying  down")
  • Business website for air bricks
    • “air bricks”
  • Lip balm - chemistry
    • diy AND "lip balm"
  • Art therapy/elderly
    • “art therapy” AND (elderly OR senior)
  • Lip balm/healing – chemistry, herbs
    • diy herb* "healing balm" 
  • Design clothes, Chinese/Modern 
    • (design or diy) AND clothes 
  • Jewelry w/Christian symbols for Xian missionaries
    • jewelry AND "christian symbols"
  • Recycled scrap metal avian sculpture
    • "scrap metal" AND (sculpture OR art) AND (diy OR create)
  • Workout for healthy life
    • (workout OR exercise) AND "healthy life*)
  • Stock trading online
    • "stock trading" AND online
  • Create gender neutral bracelet
    • "gender neutral" AND bracelet
  • Thai teenage depression/motivational videos
    • "teen depression"
  • Flu protection posters
    • (influenza OR flu) AND (protection OR prevention)
  • Run marathon to raise awareness, encourage health
    • marathon AND "health awareness"

Five Steps for Avoiding Plagiarism

1 First, use your own ideas. It should be your paper and your ideas that should be the focus.
2 Use the ideas of others sparingly--only to support or reinforce your own argument.
3 When taking notes, include complete citation information for each item you use.
4 Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
5 A good strategy is to take 30 minutes and write a short draft of your paper without using any notes. It will help you think through what you want to say and help prevent your being too dependent upon your sources.


From the U. of Idaho, CORE, Module 6

Concordian Databases - Click the Field & Find Suggestions (Hint: Start with Reference!)

Usernames and Passwords