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The 9 th Grade Research Assignment. Information Sources The Library Media Center Web Page Michigan Electronic Library. “In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.”. ~~~~Neil Armstrong. Learning Targets.

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The 9th Grade Research Assignment

Information Sources

The Library Media Center Web Page

Michigan Electronic Library

“In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand.”

~~~~Neil Armstrong

Learning Targets

  • The student will identify types of information needed.

  • The student will consider and prioritize possible sources of information.

  • The student will identify subject headings and key words relevant to his research topic.

Learning in the Library Media Center

  • Students will effectively utilize the subscription databases to complete the research assignment.

  • Students will gain an understanding of the purpose of electronic databases.

  • Students will develop effective search strategies to find new information

Learning Targets

The student will:

  • Locate and access a variety of sources in different formats independently

  • Use skim and scan strategies independently to effectively determine relevant information

  • Evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information by comparing multiple sources and analyzing them for point of view and bias

  • Select effective note-taking and information-organizing techniques to record information and essential citation details while accessing print or electronic resources

  • Identify and request information from reliable

    sources to support the research plan

A Starting Point

  • The Library Media Center Web Page


The Online Encyclopedia


User ID: Builders

Password: Makers

Define: database

  • electronic database - (computer science) a database that can be accessed by computers, computer database, electronic information service, on-line database

  • database - an organized body of related information

Definition of database

  • da·ta·base [dey-tuh-beys]

    noun1.a comprehensive collection of related

    data, plural of datum(asinglepieceofinformation,asafact,statistic,orcode;anitem of data), organized for

    convenient access, generally in a computer.


  • a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer)

  • A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can easily be accessed, managed, and updated. In one view, databases can be classified according to types of content:

  • bibliographic, full-text, numeric, and images.

Opposing Viewpoints Database


How do you locate the electronic databases?

At school

At home 24/7

Using the library web page

The Password is important.


Gale Virtual Reference Librarya collection of eBooks

Other related databases

Sweet Search – a search engine for students

WordsmythExplore. Discover. Create

WordsmythExplore. Discover. Create


What is it?

What are the characteristics of quality information sources?

Accuracy, Currency, Relevance, Comprehensiveness/Completeness, Objectivity, Value, Accessibility, Presentation, Authority, Expertise

Characteristics of information of quality

Citation Guides


What search method was not presented in this class?


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