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How to Research and Write Reports
Presentation Tools
Search Engines and Databases
Works Cited

How to Research and Write Reports 

Research Steps
This site shows some of the steps that you can follow when doing research. Includes some sources of information as well as techniques for taking notes and properly using the information.
A research guide for younger students, including some worksheets you can fill out to help organize your research.
This is a step-by-step guide that defines some research skills that should be useful for higher grades. The steps are: Define the Task, Locate Information, Select Resources, Organize Notes, Present the Ideas, and Evaluate your Work.
This site has the research process divided into the steps of, “I Wonder,” “I Find,” “I Evaluate,” and “I Share.” Each step has links to some good resources that students can use to help them with their research and reports.
Choosing Good Sources

This site talks about how to evaluate how good a web site is using five W’s – Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Thinking about the five W’s can help you decide for yourself if the website should be trusted for your research.
Some good information about how to evaluate Internet resources for authority, objectivity, authenticity, reliability, and currency. Includes a variety of links to tools, resources, and examples of legitimate and illegitimate online resources.
Strategies for advanced searchers about which search engines and databases to use for specific topics, and some more search options.
Internet Search Strategies
Some different strategies about searching the Internet are included on this site.
Learn how to use AND, OR, and NOT for your Internet searches.

You can create an online mind-map if you need help brainstorming or organizing your thoughts.
You can use the concepts that are introduced in this step-by-step guide for writing essays to write smaller reports as well. Includes information on how to create a simple bibliography.

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This is a Word document with a list of some previous Celebration of Learning topics if you are having trouble coming up with ideas.

Presentation Tools
A presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas in a fun and unique way.

Make and share 30-second video clips for free.

Multimedia software that allows students to create original artwork, animations, and stories. Includes lesson plans, classroom ideas, teacher accounts, and educational standards.

An application that lets you generate “word clouds” from text in order to create a visually appealing presentation.

Voice Thread
A cloud application that allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, pictures, audio, and video. Has a K-12 section that is secure and accountable.

Search Engines

Kids Click!
A search engine for students, with results that indicate which grade level they are good for. Search by keyword, category, alphabet, or Dewey Decimal.

World Book Kids
The World Book Encyclopaedia for Kids, with the ability to search by keyword or through the visual search features. Requires Tecumseh login.
This is a search engine catered towards students, with Web sites that have been evaluated and approved by research experts. Some results may come up that are for higher grade levels.
A search engine with results that should be good for students to use.
hasaurus, a database search for elementary school students. Requires Tecumseh login.
A database with search results that are designed for grades K-8. Requires Tecumseh login.
An advanced database of articles and resources for projects and research.

This site has a large amount of information and topics related to cultures worldwide. Includes facts, history, statistics, photographs, biographies, and recipes from different countries. There is a Kids (easy) and a World (advanced) version of each page. Requires Tecumseh login.

Consumer Health Complete
A reference database for health and wellness related topics. Requires Tecumseh login.

Global Issues in Context
An advanced database about current events that are happening in the world.

This advanced database has articles relating to environmental issues.
This database has many different biographies about interesting people. The biographies include links to other articles and sources about their subjects. Requires Tecumseh login.

Canadian Sources

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The Canadian Encyclopaedia is a source of information on Canadian topics.
This database contains a variety of articles focusing on Canadian points of view on many different topics. There are links to news stories and articles.
This database has articles about many subjects that are related to British Columbia.
An archive of historical newspaper pages from BC’s past.
This database contains biographies of important historical Canadians. 
A database of Canadian journals, magazines, and reference material that focuses on Canadian topics. Requires Tecumseh login.

MLA Style Citations

General Guidelines

Collect the information as you do your research. All information must be recorded in "Works Cited."

Pay careful attention to the punctuation in the examples - mark clearly commas (,) and periods (.) Each citation must end with a period.

If there is no author indicated, begin the citation with the title (of either the article or the publication).

Instead of using the full name you can abbreviate the names of states, provinces, and countries. For example, ON for Ontario, WA for Washington, Gt. Brit. for Great Britain.

Make sure that you are always following the rules from the latest version of MLA.

In the final copy of the "Works Cited":
  • Use the title Works Cited followed by a double space

  • Arrange everything alphabetically by author/editor or by title if no author is given - ignore A, An, and The when arranging

  • Do not number the entries or organize them by category

  • Double space everything and indent the second and following lines by five spaces

  • Include a page number if you are numbering the pages in your document

More Information
Some information on how to make a Works Cited, with information from grades 1-6.
What is a bibliography, and where to find information for it. Includes examples of good citations for books and other types of resources.
An explanation of why citing your sources is important, and a list of links to help with creating your Works Cited lists.
What plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. Includes some sample paragraphs that demonstrate the difference between plagiarizing and citing.
A tutorial about plagiarism for more advanced students that will take about 10 minutes to finish.