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MATH 7 - Math Fair: Overview

How to use this guide

Use the pages in this guide to find a variety of resources:
  • articles, books, websites, images, and videos on 7th grade math fair topics

The best place to begin your research:

  • find an overview of your topic in an encyclopedia and read it!
  • look up words you don't know in a math dictionary
Questions? Need help as you research your topic?
Ask your librarian and teacher for help.

Make A Search Plan

To begin your research, ask yourself:
  • what you think know about your topic?
  • what you need to know more about?

Brainstorm variations of keywords for your topic:

  • broader terms
  • narrower terms
  • related topics
Examine your search results to find:
  • related articles/topics
  • additional terms to search

     

Continue to search and revise your search as you learn more about your topic.

Managing & Taking Notes

THE NOTE-TAKING PROCESS

Practice Paraphrasing

  • use your own words whenever possible
  • use quotation marks for direct quotes 
  • use bullet points
  • write in sentence fragments

Getting Information

  • use a variety of resources (at least 3 sources - not including encyclopedias and dictionaries)
  • evaluate the information you find and use reliable sources
  • find the best information for your needs

Organizing Information

  • use the graphic organizer provided by your math teacher
  • keep track of your notes' sources - the source for each note should be clear

Citing Your Sources

  • cite your sources as you go
  • use EasyBib to create your Works Cited page

Ethical Researcher

               

CRAP test for evaluating resources

The CRAPP test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View.

Use the following questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria.

 

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority

  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • the creator/author trying to sell you something?
  • Is it biased?

 

TIPS for evaluating web sites courtesy of NoodleTools' Information Evaluation tool, pages 5-10 (see box above):

Look for a named author:

  • Near the title (top) or copyright date (bottom)
  • In an "About," "Contact" or "Profile" page

How do I evaluate a contributor's authority?

A contributor's expertise and credentials should relate to your subject. A credible Web page author might:

  • Hold a degree in this subject
  • Study or do research on this topic
  • Work in a related field
  • Write about this topic regularly
  • Have first-hand knowledge
  • Have participated in or observed events and people

Tip: To learn more, search the author's name in quotes.

Every author has opinions and a worldview that shape his or her treatment of a subject. As you read the Web page, ask yourself how the author's views and affiliations might affect the presentation or omission of information.

 

To verify web site's name, cut the URL back to the homepage.