"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Monday, February 10, 2014

Research Webquest

1. Asking a Good Question:

  1. Divergent thinking: Robin Williams--ways to use a stick
  2. Writing a Good Research Question
  3. Choosing a clear and focused question. (Remember the Goldilocks rule for organizing your papers--not too broad, not too narrow.)
Summarize what makes a good research question based on the above sources.

2. Search Skills:

  1. How to Use Google Effectively: Infographic
  2. Google Help Page
  3. Google Scholar

Use the above sources to find ways to:
  • find a particular file type (like pdf or an image)
  • find a document that originated in a particular country
  • search for an exact phrase
  • find a document posted within a particular date range
  • exclude a word or include similar words
  • search in a language other than English
  • only search news sources or only search educational sites

3. Determining Reliability of Search Results:

Johns Hopkins University: Website Reliability

  • Explain each of the 6 "items to consider" when evaluating a webpage. Summarize why each item is important.
  • In your opinion, what are the top 3 clues that a website is NOT a reliable source of information?
  • Application: Google your research topic. Find one example of a reliable website, and one example of an unreliable source. Explain to me what 3 clues let you know that one source was reliable and what 3 clues let you know that the other wasn't, with reference to the ideas from the John Hopkins University page.

Website Reliability Application Worksheet: Are these websites In or Out?

4. Plagiarism: 

  1.  Look at the first resource. Which challenge is greatest for you? Why?
  2.  Look at the next two links together. Choose ONE article to read and answer the chart questions for. (articles are in the first link; chart questions in the second)
  3.  Look at the fourth source. What is the difference between cheating, non-attribution, and patchwriting? Which piece of advice is most valuable?
  4.  Look at the source #5 and click on the various links to the left of the Purdue Own page. What is the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting? What are their different purposes? 
  5.  Look at link #6. Which templates do you want to try to use in your essay? Why?

5. MLA Formatting
  1. Using In-Text Citations
  2. Works Cited Page with Electronic Sources
  3. MLA Sample Works Cited Page
  4. MLA Sample Essay
Read over these sources. You do not need to write anything about them, but use them as a reference when you write your paper--I will count points off if it's not in MLA format.

6. Digital Notecards
 Here is the student model to follow for how to create your digital notecards.

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