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Research & Information Literacy

Thanks to restored funding from the 83rd State Legislature, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has reestablished a statewide database program for K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools. See your campus library staff for login and password.
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Click here for TexQuest's training tool webpage to explain the various resources available. This page includes search tips and "getting started" videos.

Make the most of Gale in the Elementary Classroom - a page for elementary teachers.
Make the most of Gale in the Middle School Classroom - a page for junior high teachers.
Make the most of Gale for High School - a page for high school teachers.

Gale Educator Reference logoIn addition to the many student resources, TexQuest includes the Educator's Reference Complete, a database of periodicals and reports that includes more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education - covering multiple levels of education and every educational specialty such as technology, bilingual education, health education, testing, administration, funding, and policy. The majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.

Selecting a Topic:
~ - This website from Acadia University in California provides an interactive lesson about how to select a topic for research. It may be appropriate for older students to do individually, or you may want to go through this quick lesson as background information for yourself or use it as a whole group lesson.

Selecting and Using Search Engines:

~ - "Crawling the Web" lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Common Sense Media.

Selecting Key Words for Online Search:

~ - Key words lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Common Sense Media.

~ - Lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read Write Think.

~ - Strategic searching lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Common Sense Media.

Validating Information - Critical Thinking:

~ - Website for "the endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus". This is a wonderful site to teach critical thinking skills. Students must read carefully and consider the logic of what they read.

Validating Information - Checklist: - CRAAP test handout from California State University, Chico. This checklist tests for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. It is designed to identify features unique to websites as well as features applicable to both text and electronic sources.

CAARP Test: Does this "Smell Fishy" To You? - Download FISD's variation of the CRAAP test (suitable for all grade levels).
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What is Plagiarism?
~ - "Plagiarism: How to Avoid It" from Bainbridge College in Bainbridge, Georgia. A concise overview of plagiarism and how to avoid it.

~ - "Plagiarism: Avoid Academic Theft" from Grammar Bytes and Robin L. Simmons. This 14 minute video has three parts: a Q&A "pre-test" to define behaviors falling under the definition of plagiarism, a cartoonish "devil" presenting common excuses for plagiarism, and an "angel" to describe wise behaviors to avoid pressure toward plagiarism. Teachers may wish to use parts of this video if not the whole thing. Index: 0:00-3:53 = Quick Test; 3:54-4:24 = Definition; 4:25-9:07 = Excuses; 9:09-13:23 = Strategies to Avoid Plagiarism; 13:24-14:22 Credits

~ - "Me? Plagiarize?" from the Hartness Library (Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College). A concise explanation of what needs to be cited and what does not.

Avoiding Plagiarism:
Note to teachers: The following project requirements can go a long way to reducing incidents of plagiarism -
  • Requiring notes on notecards or in Thinking Maps
  • Set mini-deadlines for the project to avoid last-minute plagiarism
  • Require writing to be done during class from notecards - or use handwritten first draft (to avoid copy-and-paste plagiarism)
  • Require ALL sources be cited on EVERY project
Citing Sources:
Note to teachers: Although the format of citations may or may not be a vital part your assignments, the citation of sources MUST be a standard expectation for every project.

~ - EasyBib

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