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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Encyclopedias, Open Resources and Online Repositories as Research Tools

English: logo of the edu-sharing open source p...Image via Wikipedia Our world is changing with the exponential tide of information, and the ebb of the one authoritarian voice on a particular topic.  Wikipedia is still a hot favorite with students as a first resource in projects, but as most university students will attest they are sometimes not reliable, and should be used as a starting point for further research.  So where do we send our students for current factual information on particular topics especially in the K-4 grades where fact getting is still based on encyclopedia resources?

Here is a list of links for starting your research topic, from learning how to write your first paper, to using many free tools to make your project look professional !

How to Write a Report
Learn some basics!

Note Taking Tools
Discover some new tools!

Search Engines  
Search safely!

Elementary students learn how to research using encyclopedias!

Book Reports
Discover some techie book reporting tools!

Don't forget your bibliography!

Subscriptions for high school students include Ebscohost for academic secondary resources, and Discovery Streaming for great archived images.  Ask your teacher for sign in information:)

Open source textbooks which are all the rage right now will allow students to build their own learning tools, and will enable teachers to find learning outcomes that match their needs in building lesson plans.  Here are some of my favorite finds for searching, during project season, or during homework time for tutorials.

Open Source Textbooks

Blessings to you as you enjoy researching!
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  1. I'm going to bookmark this Pippa...thank you! :)

    I know you have shared these things with us before, but it is really handy to have them all here in one post. Thanks again!


  2. You are welcome Camille:) Blessings to you Pippa


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