INTRODUCTION | TASK | PROCESS | EVALUATION | RESOURCES

Conducting Individual information research

Once you have your research question you are able to conduct individual research. In order to do this you need to break your research question into manageable chunks of information or sub sub-questions specific to your research question. You need to come up with about 5 relevant sub-questions that you can research.

You will use a Data Grid to collect data for your research. Example of what a completed data grid looks like
The data grid will be assessed according to:
1. Relevance of resources (that they are to do with the topic)
2. Reliability of resources ( that they can from reliable sources of information such as .gov or .edu sites or relevant journals)
3. Breadth of research (minimum of 3 different resources per person).
4. Accuracy of data colected- each question should be referenced at least twice.
5. Relevance of data collected- This means that data is not incomplete or superfluous.
6. Summarised- That the data is in your own words and you have used dot points to summarise the data and/or you have included a brief summary at the end of each column in data grid identifying main points to your idea.
7. Make sure you correctly cite references. Guidelines can be found on page 16 and 17 of your planner or check out the following link bib standards 2009.doc or . I encourage you to use a web llinked tool such as Harvard Generator or BibMe to help you write up your bibliography but hese must be submitted with the data grid. Make sure you use APA format when you use Bibme.

The following Rubric will help you conduct effective information research.

Databases

School Library Page

Search Engines

Google is a search engine you can begin with but there are alternate search engines you should use. You should also think about using techniques to help refine your searching.
Clusty http://clusty.com/
Altavista http://www.altavista.com/
HotBot http://www.hotbot.com/

Meta-Search Engines

Meta search engines use several search engines at once.
Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com/
MetaCrawler http://www.metacrawler.com/

Scientific Search Engines

Scirus http://www.scirus.com/
Science.gov http://www.science.gov/
Science research http://www.scienceresearch.com/scienceresearch/
Scitation http://scitation.aip.org/
World Wide Science http://worldwidescience.org/
Science accelerator http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/
Techxtra http://www.techxtra.ac.uk/

Other

Quintura http://quintura.com/
Australian Seach engine http://www.webwombat.com.au/
NoodleTools http://www.noodletools.com/noodlequest/

Organising data into useful information


Plan your presentation. Use a storyboard tool to sort through your information and present it. Remember it is not ment to be your facts re-explained but your ideas about carbon explained by your big question. Use the following:
Word Template StoryboardA3.doc
Mindomom http://www.mindomo.com/
Inspiration

Remember you use the story board to design your presentation