Ninja Research Skills
People!! Are there more important life/work/college/school skills than knowing how and where to find information?! (Well, ok, maybe there are… but not many.) My goal in homeschooling was not to try and teach my sons everything but rather to Teach Them How to Learn – so they could find what they needed to know.
To that end: in the next few posts I’ll share my favorite sites for finding what you need to know. (And, knowing how to determine if a site is a trustworthy source!)
Simple List Time. Bookmark these. Trust me.
(Even if your kid-lets are little, you will want these yourself
and they will need them in a few years.)
On the web you will find many “OWLS” (Online Writing Labs). My absolute favorite is the one hosted by Purdue University. They state:
“The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.”
The easiest possible way to cite your source! Auto-generated. Where was this when I was in school?!
“The goal of this web site is to provide all the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings…provides a Quick Click to Search Engines, annotated Research, Writing, and Style Guides (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.), housing some of the best education sites in a Virtual Library arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System.”
The site also provides guidelines on:
- How to write an A+ research paper.
- How to effectively deliver a presentation.
- How to format a research or term paper.
- How to quote passages.
- How not to plagiarize.
- How to write Footnotes and Endnotes with examples pages.
A master list of useful Internet sites, very well organized.
There are many free and valuable examples on this site (do be aware there are also lots of opportunities to buy his ebooks). I especially like his section on writing different types of letters.
Bartleby.com offers a wide range of classic, full-text, searchable reference works.
The CIA World Factbook is one of my all time favorite and most oft-used sites. Although this site is not especially intuitive, if you poke around you can find pretty much you’d ever need to know about any given country. It provides “…information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, and military for 267 world entities.”
Tomorrow we’ll start Digging for Golden Sources
in our quest to develop Ninja research skills in Raising a Life-Long Learner, Part 5.
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