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The Road to Academic Research!. Where do you go for info?. You’re exploring a research question like “How do human cells function?” O r … you are working on a project like Globalization and Imperialism Where do you go for info? Wikipedia? Google? How about www.sweetsearch.com ?.

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The Road to Academic Research!


Where do you go for info?

  • You’re exploring a research question like “How do human cells function?”

  • Or … you are working on a project like Globalization and Imperialism

  • Where do you go for info?

    • Wikipedia?

    • Google?

    • How about www.sweetsearch.com?


It all starts in the VLC!

Links to all of these tools and databases are found in our RTHS Virtual Learning Commons:

www.rths-vlc.weebly.com


e-Library

  • Use e-Library to find a print resource or DVD in our Learning Commons

  • To find e-Library go to the RTHS VLC at www.rths-vlc.weebly.comLearning Commons link on the left menu

  • Select the e-Library button and log in using your CBE login and password


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Searching in CORE

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5 minute overview

  • http://flhslearningcommons.blogspot.ca/p/how-tos-and-tutorials.html


Online Reference Centre

  • Find excellent databases in www.learnalberta.ca Online Reference Centre

  • At school you will not have to log in, but at home you will have to log in with the username: LA06 and password 4105

  • In the VLC find the ORC in the Learn Alberta link under Resources


Citing your Sources

  • Whenever you use information or ideas from a source of any kind for a project or essay it’s essential that you give credit to the person/people who wrote it!

  • Avoid plagiarismby ALWAYS creating a list of references showing where the information was found.

  • Showing your references is a key element in being a digital citizen at Thirsk!


Tools for Referencing

  • There are two formats you will use for creating references at RTHS: APA and MLA

  • Your teacher will tell you which kind of format they want you to use in their class

  • The good news is that many resources include the citation information in them and you can copy and paste it right into your list.

  • There are also great tools to help you! Try Citation Machine www.citationmachine.net, BibMe or Noodle Tools, found in the VLC


Practice!

  • Using any of the databases or tools you’ve just seen, find the following information about a country that starts with the same letter as your last name, or find three facts from 3 resources on a topic you are currently studying. Choose 3 different sources.

    • Major exports of the country

    • Climate change in the country

    • Form of government

  • Use Notepad to record your notes and create a Reference for the sources using Citation Machine.


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