History: RPI RESEARCH (HERBERT)

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS WEBPAGE

LIBRARY DATABASES

DATABASES WITH articles only (no overviews)

CREDIBLE WEB SOURCES


To check the credibility of a source, try the SCRAP Test


Examples of credible web sources:

Atlantic Smithsonian Magazine

The Economist Time Magazine

New Yorker U.S. News & World Report

NPR

LIBRARY CATALOGS (TO FiND NONFICTION BOOKS)


LS LIBRARY CATALOGS

LS Book Catalog (find books in our school library)

  • During your class's in-person library time, you may use the catalog, find your book on the shelf, and check out your nonfiction book personally.

  • Alternatively, you may request LS Library books remotely, by filling out this Library Help Request Form. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to click through all the steps and SUBMIT the form.)

PUBLIC LIBRARY CATALOGS

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you request public library books online, you will receive an email when the books are ready. Follow that email's instructions about pick-up carefully, as public library branches have various procedures and hours at this time.

Minuteman Library Network Catalog

Boston Public Library Catalog

How do I get a public library card?

Library cards for Minuteman Library Network

Library Cards for Boston Public Library

CITATION


Citation Basics:

  • Citation means crediting information from a source that you used in your research and writing. When you cite, you are giving some identifying information about the source you used.

  • Citation has 2 aspects; you must do BOTH:

  1. Rewrite ideas from the source (change words and sentence structure) OR provide a direct quotation ("...using quotes").

  2. Give credit to the information source. You must do this even if you put the information in your own words.

  • A variety of citation styles exist for different fields of study. For this project, use MLA 8 citation style.

  • Example Works Cited page

Citation Generators:

To create your MLA 8 Works Cited list, try one of these citation generators:

IMPORTANT NOTE: LS Library databases provide complete citations. Just copy the entire MLA 8 citation from the database and paste it into your citation generator:

  • In MyBib: Click More and choose Write/Paste citation (end of list).

  • In NoodleTools: First, choose the type of citation you want. Then, you'll have the option to Quick cite. These directions show more.

Google waffle menu and app options

Waffle menu with NoodleTools logo

NoodleTools

  • Can help you create and organize your citations and notes.

  • To sign in: Log in to your LS Google account, click the waffle menu, and scroll down to NoodleTools (see image on the left).

  • If you need help, please check in with Paula or Peter.

WRITING A THESIS / TAKING NOTES / AVOIDING PLAGIARISM


AVOiDING PLAGIARISM:

Citation and Plagiarism (tips to help you)

How to Quote, Paraphrase, and Summarize

Plagiarism Handout (to go with library lesson)

WRITING YOUR THESIS:

Thesis Builder (ElectraGuide)

Thesis Examples (note, these are draft examples, not perfectly-polished thesis statements)

SLIDES (FROM IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS)


Session 1 Slides (Feb. 25 & 26): Research Process, Keywords, Reference Book Cart, Overview Databases

Session 2 Slides (March 4 & 5): Research Emotions, more on Keywords, "Article Only" Databases, LS Library Catalog, Session 2 Exit Ticket

Session 3 Slides (March 11 & 12): Thesis Builder

Session 4 Slides (March 25 & 26): Preventing / Avoiding / Recognizing Plagiarism