What is it and where do I
What is your topic ?
What are your sub topics?
Maple trees and
Maple Syrup production in
Now make a list of related
These related key words can be used to:
•Look for a book on the library database
•Create the topics of the paragraphs
in your report.
•narrow your focus.
•organize your thoughts.
Where do I go from here?
ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE BOOKS FIRST
Now check out Spectrum and see if
the library at La Salle has
any books or vertical
files on your topic.
Record the bibliographical information
that is required for your bibliography.
Go to http://citationmachine.net
Click on MLA and enter the information.
Cut and past the information in the grey
bar to a word document…
and you have a bibliography.
Sign the books out of the library
that you are going to use in your
Remember to have your books scanned by
your friendly librarian.
What does the encyclopedia say about my topic?
What does Grolier-on-line say about my topic?
Username: limeston Password: lime6838
“The sugar maple is one of the most common
trees in the broadleaf forests of southeastern
Canada and the northeastern quarter of the
United States. Sugar maple Is the hardest and
strongest maple wood….”
Don’t forget to make an
Entry in your bibliography
For every resource that you
Use in your research. Go to
Where else can I look for information?
•Is there anyone in the community who is an
expert on your topic?
•The Kingston Public Library
•Chapters, Indigo or Novel Idea
(Resist the temptation to search the internet…that should
be the last place you look)
You can ask Mel and Jerry for help on your projects.
We would be glad to assist you!
What does EBSCO say about my topic
(use your key words to do alternate searches)?
DATABASES ARE WHERE IT’S AT!!
Check out our library website. All the database
icons have links to thousands of articles from
newspapers, magazines and journals,
Remote access: Trillium / Trillium
WHY ARE DATABASES MORE RELIABLE THAN THE
Record all the articles that you find in
When you have exhausted all other
possibilities you may turn to the internet
for your research.
A search engine like Google can help you
find websites that may have information
about your topic.
When you are searching for something
like maple enter it in the search engine as a
A phrase needs quotations:
To zero in on a website try “maple tree” + Canada
This will give you all websites with the phrase
maple tree near the word Canada.
BEWARE: THE INTERNET LIES !
On most sites there is
no way of knowing if
the information that
you are reading is
accurate or reliable.
Beware of web sites that
do not have an author
attached to the
information you are
The ending of a web site address
is a good indication of how
reliable the information on that
site will be.
.edu stands for education
and these sites are
usually sponsored by
an educational facility
like a university.
.org stands for organization and could represent
a highly persuasive group that is trying to sway
your opinion about something and the
information will most likely be biased.
However, reputable organizations like
The Red Cross and Amnesty International
also have web site addresses ending in .org
.com means commercial and chances are
web sites with a URL address that end in .com
are trying to sell you something.
Newspaper websites like
the Toronto Star
have an URL address
that ends in .com
Remember to record any web sites that you
use in your research in your bibliography.
Do not trust information from web sites that do
not have an author’s name attached to the
information that you are reading!!!!!
Check with Mel, Jerry
or your teacher if you
are not sure of the
quality of a web site.
Now it is time to
You must put everything in your
You are not allowed to copy
someone else’s work word for word
or steal their ideas without making
them in your bibliography.
You are not allowed to “cut and
paste” from resources and pass it
off as your own.
A direct quote must be
Copying other people’s words and ideas is
It is against copyright laws
and against school policy.
If you copy it word for word and pass it off as your own
you will get caught. Don’t take the easy way out…thinking for
yourself and coming up with your own ideas is what it is all about.
OK, you caught me. I am guilty of plagiarism
in this very presentation.
Can you guess what I did wrong?
To illustrate this presentation I cut and pasted
most of the images from the internet.
“Google images” is really helpful in finding
pictures….but you have to acknowledge
where you got the pictures from too.
Thanks for your attention!