Here are some resources and web sites that you should find useful as you are working on your Families in Canada independent study. Remember, as you’re researching, if you have any questions, feel free to email Ms. Martin. Need a refresher after class? Missed a class? The presentations and handouts will be posted on your Google classroom.
- Research Notes worksheet ~ use this worksheet to collect and organize your research notes. It will make it easier to write your paper later AND keep an accurate list of your sources for your Works Cited
- Citation Maker (APA) ~ as you find a resource, create the citation right away – it will save time and energy later! Then, just use the beginning part of the citation in the “Source” column on the Research Notes Worksheet
- parenthetical reference & works cited cheat sheet – APA ~ “cheat sheet” for APA citations and parenthetical referencing
- Step-by-Step Guide to Searching InfoTrac ~ what to do after you’ve logged into the research database
- Plagiarism Pitfalls~ it is CRUCIAL for you to properly track, reference, and cite your sources. This handout is a reminder of what to watch out for to avoid unintentionally plaigiarizing your papers.
- Evaluating resources~ (CRAAP test) Remember – not every source of information is a GOOD source of information
- InfoTrac ~ this will be your best starting place. Be sure to use Academic OneFile, Expanded Academic ASAP, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library (for eBooks). Add CPIQ for Canadian information.
- Teen Health & Wellness Database ~ a great site for browsing, plus a ton of research articles…plus they give you the citations!
- Canadian Points of View ~ similar to Opposing Viewpoints, this database provides Points of View Essays which include a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. This has a different password than InfoTrac – check the handout in the library.
- KPL databases ~ the KPL also subscribes to a large number of databases. You will need a KPL library card and PIN in order to access them
- Universities’ databases ~ if you need to supplement your research, check out the offerings from our local universities. You will need to be at one of the universities in order to search within the databases.
- Vanier Institute of the Family ~ click on Publications (left-hand side)
- Statistics Canada ~ check out the “Browse by Subject” section. You can access “snapshots” of data or trends over a number of years.
- Tufts University Child & Family Web Guide ~ sites are evaluated and rated by professionals!!
- Social Science Research Network ~ once you know your database search terms, try the same search here!