Writing a Research Paper Using a Library Database Ms. Mary-Carol Riehs, staff librarian York Community High School
Next year, you’ll be in college! • You’ll have lots of new experiences • Be in a new city! • Make new friends! • Try new foods! • Maybe even fall in love…..
But one thing you will do for sure • WRITE RESEARCH PAPERS!!!!
The First Step • The first thing to do when preparing to write a research paper is
READ THE BOOK
Next, you’ll do lots of things • Keep a reader’s journal • Choose a topic • Create a research hypothesis • Craft a working thesis • Find secondary sources • Take notes • Keep note cards • Create a works cited page
Find secondary sources • Things others have written about your book • Books • Journal articles • Interviews
Where do I find these??? You could try the Google Machine
But maybe you should • Use a library database!
Now you try it! • Find Literature Resource Center in the list of data bases • Remember your user name and password?
Here’s what to do • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest - Ken Kesey • The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger • A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry • Perform basic, person, works search—look at articles under the tabs • Mark articles • Email one to yourself
What did you think? • Practice a little bit every day • (did you learn Facebook in 5-7 minutes?) • Come see us—we are pathologically helpful! • Get the basics down, like how to log in and find the data base • We can help with your search
What you learned • How to log in and find the data base • How to perform a basic, person and works search • How to mark an article • How to email it to yourself
Helpful Tips: • Marking an article is like Ticketmaster: you have to bookmark it, print it or email it, or it will disappear • Bookmarking is like your Amazon shopping cart: articles will stay there till you take them out. • <(“) penguin face in Facebook chat
Next fall you can go off to college And enjoy learning new things. new foods, new friends, new places You can relax because you will know how to write a research paper!