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Writing: Research Papers

These sites focus on the steps involved in writing a research paper. Learn how to brainstorm a topic, organize information, use transition words, and write bibliographies. There are tips and handouts on how to evaluate online sources, plus links to child-safe search engines. Includes links to eThemes Resources on online resources and graphic organizers.

Grades

  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10,
  • 11,
  • 12

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Use this child-safe search engine to conduct online research.
This site has tips for planning research, conducting research, and evaluating sources.
Explore five lessons from the ?Web Research Tutorials? section to learn the skills of doing effective research on the Web. Includes hands-on activities with PDF printable handouts on creating search strategies, criteria for evaluating web sites, and citing sources. The teacher guide provides a short overview of the site with a glossary of terms used throughout the tutorial.
Students can use this worksheet to fill out a critical evaluation of sites.
Students can use this online form to help them find useful search engines. Just answer the seven questions and click on "Show Me a Research Strategy" for recommended search engines based upon your answers.
This PowerPoint from Purdue University offers an easy-to-understand introduction to online research. Also suggests criteria students should use for evaluating Web sites.
This site is for older students and offers tips about searching the visible and invisible Web. Learn about the five-step search strategy recommended by UC Berkeley library. There are also tips on using boolean language.
This site offers mnay strategies for enhancing students' critical thinking, problem solving, and questioning skills. The tips are for teachers.
Students can print this pdf and use it to evaluate their online resources.
Use this worksheet to rate online resources.
Read tips on how to brainstorm about a research project to help focus your original idea.
Read tips on how to write well-developed paragraphs.
This site lists many transition words that can be used to help paragraphs and sentences go together smoothly.
Follow the links to learn more about each step of the writing process from deciding on a topic to writing the bibliography. This site is good for younger students.
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
These sites include online dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, almanacs, telephone directories, and Internet searches to locate information. Also learn about primary sources and where to find them.

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