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The iSearch Project 2017
Description of Assignment
1) Identify your Topic and your Thesis Question.
a) Broad Idea
b) Narrowed Question
c) Focused Research Question.
2) What I Already Know
Tell me everything that you already know about this subject; facts, theories, assumptions, rumors, etc.
3) What I Want to Know
Tell me everything that you want to know about this subject. List as many legitimate questions as possible.
4)Why it Matters to Me
Tell me why this topic and this question matters to you. Why do you want to know about this? How does this subject relate to your personal life and/or to you as an individual.
Where to start your Research
Wikipedia is not a reliable source - but it IS a great place to begin. Learn a little more about your topic and look at the Wikipedia sources at the end of the entry for more information. Learn the vocabulary of your topic and get a good start.
Here is your portal to the Randolph Library Catalog, Randolph databases, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library and UAH Library.
High School use of the UAH Library
High School Student Guide to using the M. Louis Salmon Library at UAH.
iSearch Guide on Religion and Ethics
A LibGuide created by Mrs. Anderson for Religion and Ethics. Has good guidance for search and a list of materials in the library that may help research.
Ask the Librarian! As is the case in college, the Librarian can provide resources, feedback and an extra pair of eyes to evaluate materials.
In Text Citations and Work Cited
Randolph MLA Citation Guide
A guide to citing many of the resources you will use while doing research at Randolph School. Based on the latest MLA Handbook - Version 8.
Sample Works Cited MLA
A sample of a MLA formatted Works Cited page. Use as a model when creating your own works cited page for your research.
Sample In-Text Citation Page
A sample of what properly formatted in-text citations look like in a paper.
Free software to track and organize research. Creates citations and bibliographies in all formats.
A way to save websites and documents found on the web.
Software for generating citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography.
Make sure you change NoodleTools "level" from Jr. to Advanced.
A visual word "web" to help you find synonyms. An online graphic dictionary.
An online thesaurus.
Selecting Keywords for Research
A great Power Point from Weber State University for identifying keywords when doing research. Pay special attention to the section on evaluating resources.
Primary Sources LibGuide
A LibGuide dedicated to helping students understand primary sources
Finding Primary Sources
A resource from the Library of Congress that details other sources for Primary Source material of various topics from Art and Culture to World History.
Google Arts and Culture
Virtual tours of many places around the world. Explore the Sagrada Familia, or Fenway Park! Also includes select digital collections.