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RESEARCH TIPS

​​​​How can I be successful with my research assignment?

​​The Simcoe County District School Board provides all students access to the ​Britannica School Online Encyclopedia.  This database is a good place to begin a research project.  The database offers three learning levels - elementary, middle and high school.  The site is easy to navigate and visually appealing.  Two excellent features of this site are the ability to listen to the text and the option that ​provides correct citation of the source.  Students should speak to their classroom teacher to receive the username and password for Britannica School.

Britannica School​

​A Model For Inquiry​

How our students are learning to find answers to their questions

​​​​​​The inquiry model shown below ​comes from the "Together For Learning" document​ created by the Ontario School Library Association. When students are using the inquiry process, they are investigating curriculum topics and topics of personal interest.  Inquiry involves creating questions and searching for information to answer these questions.  Not all inquiries will have one "right answer".  The revised Social Studies curriculum is inquiry based so students are given opportunities to investigate events, issues and solve problems within the Social Studies topics.  The inquiry process shown below has four main phases:  Exploring, Investigating, Processing and Creating.  While working through an inquiry, students move through these phases and the activities associated with each phase.

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Jot Notes - A Way To Record Research Information

What are Jot Notes?

Jot notes are a way of recording information that you find when you are doing research.

Jot notes:

  • start with a dash or a dot
  • do not need punctuation
  • use only key words and enough information to make sense
  • use perfect spelling
When doing research, it is very important to always record the source of your information.  The people reading your work need to know where you found your facts.  The websites below will help you to correctly cite your sources.




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