Famous Scientist 03/21/2010
When you start researching a person, you want to start with a plan.  You need to have an idea of what you are looking for.  The Big6 gives you a roadmap to follow.  A Pathfinder is a tool that helps you research a specific topic.

 #1 - Task Definition:  What needs to be done?  
What is your assignment?  What do you want to find out?

#2 - Information Seeking Strategies:  What resources can I use?  
Some resources will be more helpful than others.  Choose the ones you think might help in your search.
                 Books, Internet, Databases, People, Dictionaries, Magazines, 
                 Encyclopedias, Newspapers, Atlas, Almanacs

#3 - Location and Access:  Where can I find what I need?
The library is a great source for information.  You can check the library catalog by clicking the button that says iBistro.  This will take you to our district catalog.  Choose Miles from the drop down menu.  Type in your key word and select search.  This will show you what is in our library on your subject.

At this site you can link to World Book an online encyclopdeia.  Info Trac has some good biographies.  The student resources page also has a collection of tools.  I have collected some links to online databases about scientists.  There are also some internet directories if you choose to explore the internet for more information.

#4 - Use of Information: What can I use from these resources?

Engage the source - read, listen, watch.  While you are interacting with your information you need to take notes and write down information for the citations.

Citation -  Write down what you are using - title, author, url.  You do this for several reasons.  If you need to it makes it easier to find your information again.  You need to give credit to the people who created it.  The other reason is for the people who read or listen to your finished project.  They may want to learn more and the citation is one way they can find it.  The Citation Machine is one tool to make citing your sources easier.

Notetaking - when you write notes you will be writing phrases.  Look for treasure words (key words).  Some people use cards, others use notepages.  It is always a good idea to write the title of your source on the same page as your notes.

#5 - Synthesis:  What can I make to finish the job?
Organize your information
     Write a rough draft
  • Build an outline
  • Create a storyboard
  • Draw a sketch

Get ready to present or share your information
  • Remember to follow the guidelines your teacher gives you
  • Include your ideas along with the information you found in books, web sites, and other sources.  Your paper or project should be more than just a summary of your sources, add your thoughts and ideas. 
  • Always include a bibliography.  A bibliography is the page where you put all your citations
#6 - Evaluation:  How will I know if I did my job well?

    Think about your assignment, did you learn any new skills?
  • Can you use any of these skills again?
  • What did you do well?
  • What would you change next time?
  • Which  sources were most useful?
  • You may be able to use them again on other assignments..

   Before turning in your assignment, compare it to your teacher’s requirements.
  • Did you do and include everything that was required?
  • Did you give credit to all of your sources, and did you write it the way your teacher requested? Do you make a bibliography page?
  • Is your work neat?
  • Is your work complete and does it include heading information (name, date, etc.)
  • Would you be proud for anyone to view this work?




    Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.


    March 2010



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