If you are stuck, come to the library and ask Mrs. Harris for help. You can also email me by clicking on the email link on the opposite side of this page (under my picture). That way you can't forget your question before tomorrow if you are at home.
Did you forget how to use NoodleTools?
Look no further. Click here.
Mrs. Green will tell you what to do with this box.
Getting started . . .
1. Look at the list of topics, and choose three or four that look interesting to you.
a. Look up the topic and look for key names, places, or events. Use reference sources (like encyclopedias) or do basic online searches to get general background information. (Don't use untrusted websites as sources--this is ONLY to get an idea of which topic you might want to pick.)
2. Then search the catalog to see if we have a book on just your topic.
a. Use keywords (. . . not whole sentences or phrases).
b. subject search--Hit the Subject button.
c. Search all BGA libraries if the Middle School does not have anything.
d. Try looking up related keywords (names, places, events) to see if we have anything related to your topic.
3. Then search the databases/resources on the LibGuide for the topic, related people, related places, or related events.
4. Then search using Sweet Search. (By now you should have a lot of information--if not, make sure the sites you use are REPUTABLE--like NASA, not Joe Smoe’s school project--and try the public library. If you get to this point quickly, please ask Mrs. Green for help because there is probably something you missed.)
5. No Wikipedia or other wiki sites! Remember--in the end, you are responsible for the information in your project, and you will receive the grade--not the person who created/contributed to the website!
Please ask Mrs. Harris if you are having trouble finding information or if you need help citing something. That’s why I’m here. Come in anytime between now and the due date of the project, and I’ll be happy to help. Just don’t wait until a few days before the deadline because I can’t make up for lost time.
Do you remember our website evaluation activity? Don't be fooled! Use your brain and follow these tips:
- Try to find websites that are .edu, .org, or .gov. (These sites can still try to persuade you to think like the site creators, but they will present information that is generally more accurate. You still have to think for yourself!)
- Remember that .com is trying to sell you something. Use caution! Is it a reputable news site?
- Is this site a wiki? If so, then anyone (or at least an often unnamed group of people) can edit it. Don't use wikis (including Wikipedia).
- Are there ads on the site? If not, it's likely to be better.
- Can you contact the author/person responsible? If not or if you can, but it's hard to tell who they are, don't use the site. Remember, anyone can type a degree after their name online. If it says they teach science at Harvard, check the Harvard website before you trust it.
- Have you heard of the organization responsible before? If not, ask an adult if the organization is credible.
- Does the site just seem "off" to you? Trust your instincts even if all else seems in order.
- Still not sure, ask a teacher or a librarian.
Forget the password?
Did you forget the username and password for our databases?
Never fear! If you know how to get to most things on the web at BGA (hint, hint), you'll be able to click on the link below and get the information you need.