• noodle tools  

    • HOW TO CITE in NOODLETOOLS Tips- Databases, Books, and Websites (pdf)
    • Getting Started with NoodleTools (pdf)

      DOWNLOADING THE WORKS CITED PROBLEM!!

      When you click the "export/print" button in noodletools and select "export to word" you will notice that nothing happens. That is becuase the ipads have a popup blocker installed which prevents the export from occurring. You can easily overcome this by doing the following steps:

      1. Go to "Settings" in ipad
      2. Click "Safari" on the left side of the settings 
      3. Look on the center of the page for the option for "popup blocker" and click the green toggle to turn that off
      4. Go back to noodletools and select "export/print" 
      5. Select "export to word"
      6. It will open in a browser tab
      7. You can move it to Word by clicking the grey "share square" icon in the top right side of your screen (its a box with an arrow pointing out of it)
      8. Click the option that says "open in Word."
      9. See Miss Bogan if you have any issues!! 

  • Handouts - Tutorials

    Thees handouts will help refresh your memory on noodletools & database research!

    Noodletools Tutorials Powerpoint (with videos)

    Noodletools Citations QuickHelp Handout

    Database Research Powerpoint

    Getting Started

    1. Create a Keyword Bank:
      1. Write down the important words, names, or ideas relating to your topic that you currently know.
      2. Add more words, names, and ideas as you discover them in your research.
      3. Sometimes your original keywords will not bring you the expected results, so it is important to have a bank of alternate search terms ready to go.
      4. example 1
    2. Create Your Search String:
      1. You should always research by searching carefully selected keywords NOT entire sentances!
        1. Putting "and" between two keywords will NARROW your results so only results with BOTH terms will show up.
        2. Putting "OR" between two keywords will EXPAND your results so results with EITHER of the terms will show up.
        3. Putting "NOT" between keywords will LIMIT results to ignore results with certain words.
      2. examples2
    3. Look for Sources:

    Databases:

    issues opposing global jstor

    Free Web
    Research Tips:
    1. Try Refseek.com - it's like google but will provide more academic and scholarly results!

    A better Google search

    1. Use advanced search function and Limit for .edu or .gov 
    2. Develop a list of keywords and synonyms to use in your research. For instance "climate change economic" and "global warming economic" will bring different results!

    keywords      quotations

    dates      domain

    How to Use Wikipedia for Academic Research:

    You CAN use Wikipedia:

    1. Use it to find keywords for your search strings
    2. Use it to familiarize yourself with the broad overview of your topic
    3. Use it to get background info on a topic
    4. Use it to find other sources (go to bottom of page, explore cited sources there)

    You just cannot quote from, or cite Wikipedia as a source

    1. Why? Because, even though Wikipedia has become an exceptional information resource, it IS a Wiki, which means that someone could technically add misinformation. Since we can never be 100% absolutely certain of the author of the information, Wikipedia itself cannot be quoted or cited as a reputable source.

    Evaluating Your Sources:

    1. Always confirm the facts your news article is claiming!
      1. Double check with a factchecker and/or
      2. Corroborate the facts across multiple reputable sources
    2. Always evaluate the source to make sure it is credible and reputable!
      1. Lookup your source's reputation and biases on googlewikipedia, or mediabiasfactcheck.com
      2. How do I check if my source is reputable?

    FACT method

     

    Resources to Help you Evaluate a Source for Reputation and Bias!

    1. MediaBiasFactCheck - This website is awesome for checking the biases and reputation associated with news sources. It will give you info about the source's political leanings and reputation which helps you decide if your source is reliable.
    2. Open Secrets. Tracks how much and where candidates get their money.
    3. WHOis.net - find out who owns a website or domain name. You can then search for that person or organization's reputation and biases.

     

    1. isidewith.com - example of ideas
    2. Washington Post Fact Checker. Although WP has a left-center bias, its checks are excellent and sourced. Bias because they fact check conservative claims more than liberal ones.
    3. The Sunlight Foundation. Uses public policy data-based journalism to make politics more transparent/accountable
    4. Snopes.  Often the first to set facts straight on wild fake news claims.
    5. ProPublica. Has won several Pulitzer Prizes. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
    6. AllSides. While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting
    7. Fact Check. This nonpartisan, nonprofit monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.​
    8. Media Matters. This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.​
    9. NewsBusters. A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”​

     

    Additional Free Web Resources:

    1. News Sources
      1. The Wall Street Journal 
      2. The New York Times 
      3. Chicago Tribune 
      4. New York Post 
      5. Los Angeles Times 
      6. The Washington Post 
      7. Newsday 
      8. The Mercury News 
      9. East Bay Times 
      10. Star Tribune 
      11. You also might try looking at Associated Press for news sources.
    2. Websites for Issues Research
      1. ProCon.org: an independent non-profit founded by Steven C. Markoff “to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias.”
      2. AllSides - AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting.
      3. ProPublica. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
      4. National Discussion and Debate Series: This program was created “to encourage a vigorous, well-informed discussion on the national stage about the major issues of our time.”
      5. Debate.org - Gain balanced, non-biased insight into each issue and review the breakdown of pro-con stances within our community.

    Finding an Expert to Interview

    Powerpoint - Finding an expert & interviewing them tutorial

    Word Doc - Sample expert email

     

    Annotated Bibliography 

    Printable - Annotated Bib Graphic Organizer

    What is an annotated bibliography?

    An annotated bibliography (or works cited) is essentially a beefed up works cited page. Your annotated bibliography must include the following information for each source you use for research:

    • Citation
    • Brief summary
      • 1-3 sentences summarizing the content of the source.
      • Include main points and add detail to dig deeper into the source.
    • Evaluation
      • 1-3 sentences evaluating the information and author of the source.
      • Some things you might mention include: is the author a resepected authority on the subject? Can you trust the facts provided? What type of audience was this source written for? Is there a bias in the author's point of view? Does this information corroborate with information from other sources?
    • Reflection
      • 1-3 sentences reflecting on the usefullness of this source.
      • Did this source provide you with a major portion of information or miniscule amounts?
      • Did the source contain interesting information?
      • Did you learn something about your topic you had not been previously aware of?

    Example of annotated citation

    Guillermo, Kathy. "Zika Response should Not Include Animal Experiments." People 
         for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 28 Jul 2016,SIRS Issues Researcher
         http://sks.sirs.com.

         This article discusses the morality and scientific 
         veracity of animal experimentation, specifically in reference to the recent 
         Zika Virus outbreak. Guillermo's main point here is that "studies should 
         add to the body of knowledge of medical treatments for humans" and that 
         "studies on animals won't do this."  Citing a recent NIH 
         strategic plan, Guillermo offers further research which concludes that data 
         from other animals does not apply to human beings. Kathy Guillermo is the 
         senior vice president of laboratory investigations at PETA. PETA is an 
         american animal rights organization and nonprofit corporation. Because PETA 
         has a clear stake in this argument, and clear bias against harm towards 
         animals, I will look for corroborating research before using this source 
         for the project. I will use this source in my project to demonstrate opposition 
         towards animal experimentation.