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Research Strategies To Help You Search Successfully

To begin your research, ask yourself:

  • What do I think I know about my topic?
  • What do I need to know more about?

Brainstorm variations of keywords to search: 

  • 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


Record your source first, then take notes


Practice Paraphrasing

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

Getting Information

  • Start with the resources on this guide & use a variety of resources
  • Use at least 3 sources - not including encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Evaluate the information you find outside of this guide - only 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 sources - the source for each note should be clearly identified

Citing Your Sources

  • Cite your sources as you go
  • Use NoodleTools to create your Works Cited page

Evaluating Websites - Back to Basics

The 5 W's of Website Evaluation

Who - Who is the author? Are they an expert? What are their credentials?

What  - What is the purpose of the site? What information is included and does this information differ from other sites?

When  - When was the site created? When was it last updated?

Where  - Where does this information come from?

Why  - Why is this information useful for my purpose? Why should I use it? Why is it better than another source?

*Based on Kathy Schrock's worksheet