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     The Importance of Referencing
     Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prodding with a purpose.    Zora Neale Hurston
     Research is Inquiry
          
    Find solid information  on your topic. 
    Then use your own words and ideas, sprinkled with effective quotes from authoritative people.
     
     All new knowledge is built on previous knowledge. In academic writing such as assignments, theses, research and reports it is standard practice to give an overview of the current knowledge about a topic and to provide evidence to support the points that you make. These ideas will form the foundation for your own arguments and will be integrated into your own work by:
    • quoting - using the exact words of another
    • paraphrasing - using the ideas of another in your own words
    • summarizing - using the main points of another.
      Add credibility to your work by citing strong sources.
     
    The ability to relate one's own work to existing knowledge is a skill that needs to be mastered by every student. This is done by:
    • acknowledging all the sources of information in the text of your assignments and
    • providing a list of these sources at the end in the form of a works cited page or bibliography.
    If this is not done correctly, it may give the impression that you are trying to pass off the work of another as your own and you may be accused of committing plagiarism, which is a serious offense.
     
     
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    NoodleTools
     
    This is a research platform that shows you skills and strategies to find quality sources, an online method to take notes, assistance citing your sources, and a place to keep your project.
    Birdville ISD has a subscription to this reference tool.
    You will create a Personal ID using your network login and password - the one you use to log in to the school computers. 
     
     
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     Evernote    From the Evernote website: "Keep a lifetime of learning at your fingertips. Evernote is a great tool for students and teachers to capture notes, save research, collaborate on projects, snap photos of whiteboards, record audio and more. Everything you add to your account is automatically synced and made available on all the computers, phones and tablets you use.
     
     Quicklyst  Take outline-style notes for free online.  Requires e-mail address, but no registration.   Apps for i-Devices, Kindle & Androids.
     
     Zotero
     Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.
    Requires download.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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     WebPath Express WebPath Express is a search tool in the library catalog that provides access to 70,000 trustworthy, relevant websites that are constantly updated. These sites are educator-reviewed and verified for factual accuracy, currency, authority, educational value, coverage and objectivity. They are differentiated by grade level and citations are provided. Type a keyword or subject in the search box and hit enter. Select the Web Path Express database.  Scroll down to see the selection of sites and the ones best for your purpose.
     
     
    NoodleTools
    Use your network login to create a Personal ID for your projects.  
    CultureGrams  
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    birdville/learning
    Country Reports
     Country Reports
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    Easy Bib Research
    Easy Bib Research
    - a Social Research BETA
    See what sources others have cited about your topic.
     
    maps101
    Maps101
    nridgems/maps
     Maps101.com is a web-based interactive database of teacher lesson plans, geography tools, online learning games, dynamic interactive map modules and over 4,000 viewable and printable history, thematic, reference, outline, current events and animated maps.
     
     
     
     
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    Maps101.com is a web-based interactive database of teacher lesson plans, geography tools, online learning games, dynamic interactive map modules and over 4,000 viewable and printable history, thematic, reference, outline, current events and animated maps. - See more at: http://demo.maps101.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&cid=3&id=3407&Itemid=14#sthash.0YTidJPe.dpuf
    Maps101.com is a web-based interactive database of teacher lesson plans, geography tools, online learning games, dynamic interactive map modules and over 4,000 viewable and printable history, thematic, reference, outline, current events and animated maps. - See more at: http://demo.maps101.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&cid=3&id=3407&Itemid=14#sthash.0YTidJPe.dpuf
    Maps101.com is a web-based interactive database of teacher lesson plans, geography tools, online learning games, dynamic interactive map modules and over 4,000 viewable and printable history, thematic, reference, outline, current events and animated maps. - See more at: http://demo.maps101.com/index.php?option=com_flexicontent&view=items&cid=3&id=3407&Itemid=14#sthash.0YTidJPe.dpuf
     
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    North Ridge MS students and teachers can access the Star Telegram online with interactive lessons that are updated weekly. 
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