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REMEMBER: Researching means using good search terms, mixing search terms, and using LIMITERS (or "Boolean operators") in a variety of ways. Don't let the web (Google) think for you, and don't expect databases to behave like search engines.

Here's a tip for starting: Once you have chosen your topic, make a list of keywords and phrases ("Stuff I know" or SIK). Then create your "Stuff I need to know" (SINK) list to get you started on your research. The SINK list will grow and change as you gather information.

All resources, print and electronic, should be judged on their authority, objectivity and currency. Have a question about this? Ask your teacher, or Mr. B!


Tips for Writing Your Thesis (and rewriting!)


General Search Help

First: Search Destiny, our online library catalog, for books on your topic.  

Then: Use the US/MS databases to expand on that information (see Databases on the Web Resources page for links to good ones for this project)

Finally: Use the internet to find valuable resources.  Remember, these may be the most difficult for you to assess in terms of accuracy and bias, so check with a librarian or your teacher. There are several links already there on the Web Resources pathfinder.


Citing Sources

Be sure to cite all of your sources in NoodleTools. Consider using the "Notecards" option to take notes then link them to the correct source.

  • NoodleTools
    When you create a new list for this project, select "MLA Advanced" as your list style.
  • MLA Works Cited
    Use this page and its links from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab for any questions you have about MLA style citations.

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