Cicero-North Syracuse High School Library » Research Paper
You need to complete a research project. What topics are you interested in learning more about? Think of a controversial issue. What do you know about it? What do you wonder or want to learn?
Explore both sides of the issue. After reading an overview of information, what questions do you have? These questions should be thought provoking and can't be answered with one word. After thinking of questions you want to know more about, you should be able to choose a position and support it.
A research paper presents the results of your investigation on a selected topic. Based on your own thoughts, and the facts and ideas that you have gathered from a variety of sources, you will write a thesis based 3-5 typed pages research paper.
Where can you find information on your topic? You will be using a minimum of 5 sources 4 from our Library Databases and 1 reliable web site.
Where can you find useful information within databases? Directory, Search Box.
Where can you find useful information within article? Text, Charts, PDF.
How can you demonstrate your learning? 3-5 typed pages research paper
Always use more than one source. Make sure the information agrees.
Databases we will use:
SIRS - SIRS contains the full text of articles that have appeared in magazines and newspapers as well as government documents. When you open SIRS look for the Top 10 Pro vs Con section. Click on one of these issues or click on more issues for the complete list. Link Data and click Save to your Google Drive.
General Search Tips:
Try using fewer words on your search
Try searching in more than 1 database. If the first database you look in doesn’t offer up any information, try another. It is rare that you will find exactly what you need the first time.
Use Synonyms and related words in your search. Think of different ways to say the same thing
Use Boolean Operators.
Remove any limiters from your search (date, page ranges, etc.)
Log into Google Account.
Click on PDF or HTML (left side of screen) to view article.
2. Title your works cited page: Works Cited (center)
Group your notecards by topic
Arrange your notes linearly - Visual Representation about what you will cover in your paper. You can always change it.
We will use the Modern Language Association (MLA) Format.
Purdue OWL MLA Formatting
CNS High School Library
Cicero-North Syracuse High School
6002 Rt. 31
Cicero, New York 13039