Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Junior Research Paper


Essential questions: "How did US policy and/or social institutions shape the immigrant experience?  In what ways did these elements impede or help the quest for status?"

It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)


Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)

If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
        • ProQuest National Newspapers (major newspapers from today)
        • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (NYT + Hartford Courant since 1763)
        • NewsStand (thousands of contemporary newspapers & magazines)
        • Opposing Viewpoints (pro/cons on topics + supporting resources)
        • ABC-CLIO Issues (just like above, but different vendor)
        • ABC-CLIO American Government (useful for documents)
        • Annals of American History (primary source database - goes way back in U.S. History) 
        • Roper iPoll (public opinion survey)

Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).


Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)

  • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
  • Balance
    • Anecdote - humanizes your work
    • Fact
      • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
    • Opinion
      • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
      • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Be aware of periodical 
  • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's) Let's try it!
  • Sample bibliography
Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.

List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).


You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.


This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 

This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib. Use this Note-Taking Rubric (left, below) as a guide when creating your notes. Consult the examples to guide you (right, below).

EasyBib Note D

EasyBib Note C

  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)


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