Library and Research Skills

Acquiring the research skill to locate specific information online will go a long way towards a student’s success in future undertakings.

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2020 Guide To Teach Students How To Research & Avoid Fake News, Disinformation, And Misinformation

Based on my popular presentation titled "Teaching Students To Become Expert Researchers And Avoid Fake News, Disinformation, and Misinformation" this video will provide you with the resources needed to teach your students everything they need to know to become efficient and effective researchers. This video uses a fun and humorous approach to help students understand…  learn more

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50 Mini-Lessons For Teaching Students Research Skills

This post outlines 50 ideas for activities that could be done in just a few minutes (or stretched out to a longer lesson if you have the time!). You’ll find a PDF summary below too! This post shares ideas for mini-lessons that could be carried out in the classroom throughout the year to help build students’…  learn more

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A Research Guide for Students

We're here to help you write your research papers. Scholars and librarians have collated some of the best resources for literary research and we have the latest style guides to guide you. Essay Writing Guides If you are in search of excellent examples for crafting a well-structured essay, you have arrived at the perfect destination.…  learn more

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Big6 is a six-stage model to integrate information search and use skills along with technology tools into a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information for specific needs and tasks. The steps include... Task Definition Information Seeking Strategies Locate Information and Access Use of Information Synthesis Evaluation Big6 provides a wide variety of…  learn more

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Conducting Research

With so many information sources now at our fingertips, knowing where to start, sorting through it all and finding what we want can be overwhelming! Perdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) looks at how to integrate primary source methods, such as interviews and observations, with secondary source methods, such as books, journals, and the Internet. It…  learn more

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Cyberbee: Research Tools

Teaching information access skills cannot be done in a vacuum. It must relate to the learning environment by actively engaging students to gather and process information in a meaningful way. The Big6 and WebQuest are two frameworks you can use in research. In addition, students need to know whether or not the information is reliable,…  learn more

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Develop students' information literacy skills: A guide to Search Coach for educators

Information literacy, which involves critical thinking when finding and engaging with information, is a vital skill for students in both their current education and their future careers. However, finding the time and resources to prioritize this skill can be challenging. Search Coach helps students learn how to form effective search queries, find trusted sites with NewsGuard, and think…  learn more

Education World: Evaluating Web Sites Lesson Plan

Brief Description Students learn the six criteria for evaluating Web sites and then use those criteria to locate three sites that provide good information and three that do not. Objectives Students will Understand the six criteria for evaluating Web sites Identify Web sites with accurate, relevant, and current information on a given topic Keywords Internet research, Web site evaluation, information literacy  learn more

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Elementary Librarian: Library Lesson Plans

Learn about ready-to-use lesson plans that are aligned to Common Core and AASL Standards. Get instant access to all of our lesson plans and resources for grades K-8.  Enhance your library with free printables, links to online games, and lesson plan resources.  learn more

English Worksheets Land: Research Skills Worksheets

Researching skills are now more needed than ever with all the media that we constantly and involuntarily taking in. What is real and what is fake? If you can use your skills to find out the truth, you will be in high demand in the future. These worksheets will help develop those research skills for all your students.  learn more

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Five Resources for Teaching and Learning About Copyright

Here are some resources for helping students and teachers understand the importance and the key concepts of copyright as it relates to school projects. Free Technology for Teachers.  July 22, 2023 Richard Byrne  learn more

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Free Library Games & Resources

Use our free library games and resources to help students pass the time in the library. These games, worksheets, slideshows, and more will supplement your existing library curriculum. You may also find yourself saving time.  learn more

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Google Search Tools Students Often Overlook

The default action for students to take when given a research task is to turn to Google. Unfortunately, many students won't venture much beyond the first couple of pages of results pages before declaring, "I can't find anything about this." But as Dan Russell reminds us in The Joy of Search, good search often requires…  learn more

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How to Teach Online Research Skills to Students in 5 Steps (Free eBook and Posters)

You want your students to go online and do some research for some sort of project, essay, story or presentation. Time ticks away, and students are busy searching and clicking, but are they finding the useful and accurate information they need for their project? Posted on February 23, 2018by Kathleen Morris  learn more

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Learning to research on the Web

Librarians have a weird sense of humor. This was the old joke: "The internet is like a library with no catalog where all the books get up and move themselves every night." It has now been replaced with: "The internet is like a library with a thousand catalogs, none of which contains all the books…  learn more

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Lesson Planet: Research Skills Teacher Resources

Find Research Skills lesson plans and worksheets. Lesson Planet is passionate about creating and delivering innovative digital tools and quality educational resources to help personalize student learning and inspire great teaching. For over 20 years, Lesson Planet’s team of experienced teachers have been curating and reviewing online, free and open educational resources (OER), as well…  learn more

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Media Literacy Resources for Making Sense of the News

On November 8, 2022, people across the country voted in the nation’s midterm elections. Facing History has created a collection of short, easily digestible resources to help teachers and their students enhance their media literacy skills. Three of these resources will help teachers, and those in their networks, make sense of the news in the days following the election. Read: How…  learn more

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National History Day

Studying the past to inform the present and shape the future.  Once a frontier is crossed, history changes. The National History Day® (NHD) 2023 contest theme invites the exploration of topics in the history of science, art, technology, medicine, religion, politics, social change, and the military. Teacher Resources Teachers, librarians, and advisors are the greatest resource…  learn more

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Teaching Students how to “Google It” to Learn Online Research Skills

These units are a great opportunity to collaborate with the classroom teachers. Each class the students will need a new question to research. You could easily pull in content-area questions. If you don’t work with the teachers, you can ask them to look up obscure technology words and phrases.  learn more

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Teaching Students How To Research

This video uses a fun and humorous approach to help students understand how to use keywords to make better search queries, provides several tips and examples taken directly from Google, covers how to use filters, introduction to Google News and Google Scholar, and how to mine Wikipedia for legitimate and reliable resources.  The EdTech Show…  learn more

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The Avalon Project

The Avalon Project at Yale houses a huge databank of documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. The collection is organized by topic and time period. One use of a site like this is to have students select a document and explain it. Another is a creating a webquest…  learn more

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The Paraffin Paradox

Steve Long looks at the Paraffin Paradox. Steve shows how to hide a sheet of aluminum foil between two blocks of paraffin, then uses it to teach how to make observations and do good scientific work. Students are not allowed to break open or otherwise damage the item. Why is the top half always brighter…  learn more

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The Question is the Answer

From Now On's "The Question is the Answer" page tells you how to create a Questioning ToolKit to encourage student questioning and research. Quite good.  learn more

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Top Research Websites, Search Engines, and a Research Choice Menu for K-12 Students

Students need to learn how to be skilled searchers. To learn more about a topic or find the answer students will often Google it! Search engines don’t always show the most factual, relevant, or unbiased results first. Sometimes search engines can lead students to inappropriate websites. Below is a research choice menu for you to…  learn more

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Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

So when it comes to research, are you still directing kids toward your grandmother’s resources — encyclopedias, reference books, and museums? No doubt, these are excellent sources, but if students aren’t motivated by them, they won’t get a lot out of them. I have a list of six research sites designed by their developers with…  learn more

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USA Facts

USAFacts provides a data-driven portrait of the American population, US governments’ finances, and governments’ impact on society. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit civic initiative without a political agenda. We provide vital spending, revenue, demographic, and performance information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding our available data in the future.  learn more

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What is CTRL-F and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips & Tricks

CTRL-F is a research education tool designed to help kids think about checking facts in literacy. CTRL-F comes from Canadian organization CIVIX, which is built around strengthening democracy by using education.  The idea is to educate young learning minds in the art of thinking about what they're being told. Rather than taking something at face…  learn more