Methods for collecting information
to collect information:
Once you have decided on your topic, you have to collect information.
This information will let you refine your thoughts. Adults call this
"research" and one thing you need to do is record what and
where you find the information. We suggest either buying some index
cards or a notebook to record all the things you find to use later in
writing your paper. If you have access to a computer, you can enter
the information you record into it.
Each time you find a source - a book, magazine or video - that has information
you might use, you need to record some basic information. A librarian
can help you or you can visit this internet link
for further help.
If you don't record where you find your information, the paper you write
as part of this project will receive a lower grade. Where you find your
information is just as important as what you find because it adds validity
or truth to what you say.
comes in lots of forms.
the catalog in your library for books.
library may have newspapers and magazines indexed on CD-ROM.
library may have newspapers and magazines available on the internet.
library may have videos and other media regarding your topic.
out the internet links we have arranged
your mom or dad if friends or relatives have any knowledge of your
Diary January 15th
Jenna went to her public library that afternoon. She remembered
last year she had waited way to long to get started, and she didn't
want to make that mistake again.
she got to the library, she used the computerized catalog.
Jenna looked in the catalog for the following items:
time she found something, she wrote down the title and the call
number of the book she found. With almost every book she found
on the computer, there were links to other books. In all, Jenna
found 8 books to look at. She went to the shelves and found them.
After she looked at the books she actually found one that suggested
an experiment. Jenna wrote it in her notebook:
"Take four flower pots of the same shape and size. Fill each
of them with one type of soil. Place the same kind of grass seed
in each one. Make sure they get the same light and water each
day. See which type of soil produces the best grass."
Jenna has her experiment.
then went to a librarian, who helped her search the magazines the
library had. Most of them were on the internet. With a little help
from the librarian, she found three articles. The library printed
them out for her at no charge.
also found a videotape on farming. She checked out all her materials
and was home in plenty of time for supper.
supper, Jenna asked her mom to help her look at all the things.
Her mom said she was busy, but they could do it when she got home
from work the next day.
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