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Bell Work: After Perez Hilton lied about Brad Pitt and Angelina’s relationship status, his credibility decreased substantially . What do the underlined words mean? How do you know? Write your own sentence with 1 of the words. Refining Research. Bell Work.

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Bell Work:

After Perez Hilton lied about Brad Pitt and Angelina’s relationship status, his credibility decreased substantially.

What do the underlined words mean? How do you know?

Write your own sentence with 1 of the words.

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  • Complete the “K, W, L” chart at the top of your notes.
    • What do you KNOW about research and research papers?
    • What do you WANT to know about research and research papers?
    • What did you LEARN about research and research papers? (Save this one for the end of class)

Analyzing information is an important skill. When you analyze something, you break it into parts and study each part. Here is one way to break apart and study information.


1. Ask "What do I need to know?" Then decide if the information you are analyzing can tell you what you need to know.


2. Ask "How is the information presented?" Be on the lookout for certain techniques authors sometimes use to influence your thinking. Look for media techniques such as propaganda.


3. Ask "What do I already know?" Remembering what you already know about a topic will help you focus on new information. Once you're focused, learning new information will be easier.


4. Ask "What else do I want to know?" You might find that the information you are studying has raised new questions. Good! Search for other sources of information that can help answer your questions. Finding more than one source of information is almost always a good idea. For example, you might read about the people of Ancient Egypt in your social studies book, in an encyclopedia, and on a Web site. Each source should provide new information or help you understand information you already have.


5. Ask "What will I do with what I know?" Will you need to answer homework questions? Take a test? Present your new knowledge in a speech, a brochure, or a video presentation? Decide which information to include and what format you should present it in.


Example:Your teacher has assigned a report on conservation efforts in the Florida Everglades. Your search of the word "Everglades" on the Internet and it pulls up several articles including these:

  • "Vacationing in the Everglades""The Everglades: Preserving Florida's Wetlands""Crocodiles: Kings and Queens of the Everglades"

Circle the article that will be most helpful to you.


The best article for your research is clearly "The Everglades: Preserving Florida's Wetlands." Preserving is almost the same as conserving. Later on you will certainly add additional resources, but this article is a great place to start your research.

finding your research

Finding Your Research

There are many ways to find information using computers, the library, and the Internet. Electronic databases and other resources make research fast and easy. It’s important to use the right resource and identify the best keywords.


Keyword: a significant word relating to your topic. Think about using more than one word for electronic (computer) searches. Put quotation marks around the phrase or insert the word AND between them. Be specific.


Electronic database: a collection of information stored in a computer or on the Internet. Examples include library catalogs like WorldCat and newspaper article archives like ProQuest. Databases are searchable by keyword, author, titles, and dates.


Search engine: a Web site that searches the web for Internet sites matching the keyword you’ve typed. Examples include Yahoo, Google, AOL, MSN, Lycos, and many others.


E-mail: short for “Electronic mail.” This is a fast way to communicate with people by typing messages and sending them to an e-mail address. You can also send pictures and documents over e-mail.


CD-ROM, laser disc: discs for storing information, games, quizzes, and other interactive programs. Use a CD or zip disc to save your work when you type a report.


Micah is giving a presentation to his Biology class on life in the deepest parts of the ocean.Which source would add valuable information to his presentation?

  • a clip from an episode of the cartoon SpongebobSquarepants

B. a video slideshow of Micah collecting seashells on the beach

C. a sound clip from the Beatles' song Yellow Submarine

D. a video clip on the ocean's depths produced by National Geographic


Cameron wants to write a research paper about cars.Which problem exists with this topic selection?

A. Cameron will not be able to find enough information about this topic.

B. Cameron will have too much fun writing about this topic.

C. Cameron will get too bored while writing about this topic.

D. Cameron will not be able to cover all the information on this topic.