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STEPS FOR GOOD REPORTS

 

GOOD REPORTS START WITH :

1. CHOOSING A GOOD TOPIC.

MAKE SURE IT WILL NOT BE SO DIFFICULT THAT YOU MAY HAVE TROUBLE FINDING INFORMATION.

 

2.DECIDING ON GOOD QUESTIONS TO ANSWER IN YOUR RESEARCH.

THESE MAY BE FORMULATED IN YOUR CLASS WITH YOUR TEACHER, or USE THE FORM BELOW LABELED "QUESTIONS".

 

3.USING THE SKILLS FOR GOOD RESEARCH.

RESEARCH IS FINDING INFORMATION FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES ON A PARTICULAR PERSON, PLACE OR THING.

YOUR RESEARCH SHOULD INCLUDE INFORMATION FROM ANY OF THE FOUR SOURCES LISTED. USE THE COLOR CODED LINES THAT RELATE TO THE SOURCE YOU SEE BELOW.

 

NON-FICTION OR BIOGRAPHY BOOKS

REFERENCE BOOKS

WEBSITES

DATABASES

 

 

 

1. Begin with the library computer catalog. Type your topic in the textbox. Try singular and plural forms of the word if you are able, and remember to check E-books on the catalog.
 
2.When the computer gives you a list of titles, look for the ones you can use. They should be non-fiction, biography or reference materials, depending on your topic. (It will help if you sort them by clicking the "Call Number" box at the top of the first column.) 
 
3. Check the computer for copies in the library. If there is a "0" don't look for that book, it is checked out .to someone else. It's best to find another or reserve the book at the circulation desk.
 
4. Copy the call # down on a piece of paper. Don't forget to include the letters that go with the numbers, if it is non-fiction.
 
5. Be sure to know what collection you will be looking in, by looking at the listing under "Location". Find your books on the shelves using the call #.Then, checkout the books you need.
 
6. Use the reference collection for further information on your topic. Remember this collection includes encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, & other books. Special encyclopedias, such as science encyclopedias, animal encyclopedias, sports encyclopedias, etc. can also provide additional and valuable information as well.
 
7.When using these reference materials, you will need to have the pages photocopied or scanned to save the information for your use. So, briefly review the information to determine if it is what you need. Write down the information about the book you need to list the book on your report , such as the title, author, publisher, copyright date, volume number, page numbers, etc.Remember most encyclopedias do not have an author listed, since many people contributed to the information in it.   
 
8. Remember to use the Index Volume of the encyclopedia set as a shortcut to find the information you need. This book is usually the last one in the set.
 
9. You can also use the internet to access information for your report. But it is very important to use websites that are recommended ones. Talk to your teacher or a librarian to  find good ones. You can also use books to get website addresses that are recommended. Remember that websites that are not recommended can give you the wrong information.
 
10. Databases contain information stored in a computer site and usually are purchased. Some databases are for information that usually is found in an encyclopedia or magazine. Others are information units that are created as an information place. Using a database will help you locate information that will be THE MOST CURRENT.Our school district has purchased and made available to you:World Book and Pebblego. The links to these can be found on the LMC website.
 
. When you find any of these places to get information for your report:

*Look for keywords in a table of contents, index, or site map.

*Copy important words or phrases. Do not copy whole sentences. Using someone else's work is plagiarism, so form your own sentences from your notes. If you need to use someone's sentences for a reason, put them in quotations, and tell who said them. Talk to your teacher about turning your notes into sentences.

*Be sure to keep a list of all your references. This should include books, encyclopedias, databases and websites.

Write down the title,  author, publisher, and copyright for a book.

For a database, you write the citation information (database name, database publisher, and the date you retrieved your information) which is listed on most databases at the bottom of the article.

For a website, you should list the name, the website address and the date you viewed it. You will need this information as part of your report.

  

Now you can write a report!!

 

 

QUESTIONS for REPORTS

 

 

 

 

THIS FORM WILL HELP YOU. USE AT LEAST ONE FOR EACH QUESTION.

QUESTION
SOURCE NOTES
CITATION/REFERENCE

 

 

THE NOTES YOU TAKE FOR YOUR REPORT SHOULD ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN.

EXAMPLE:     WHAT DOES A PORCUPINE EAT?

WHEN YOU TAKE NOTES YOU SHOULD NOT MAKE THEM SENTENCES. TRY TO MAKE THEM MORE LIKE A LIST OF FACTS THAT ANSWER  YOUR QUESTIONS. Use list bullets or numbers, if it will help you.

 EXAMPLE:  1. PLANT ROOTS

                                                       2. FRUIT

                                                       3. BARK

 

WRITE THE  CITATION/REFERENCE FOR EACH PLACE THAT YOU FOUND YOUR RESEARCH INFORMATION.

                                              

*BOOKS                                                        *DATABASES                                              *WEBSITES

EX: WORLD BOOK, VOL15.2007, P.678

 

 

 

 

CITATION/REFERENCE