• 10th ELA Person of Interest Research

  • Where to Find Sources

    • There are three primary "places" you can look for sources 
      • Books / Ebooks
      • Subscription Databases
      • Free Web
    • **Depending on who your "Person" is, you may find great sources in any of these three places. However, for this research, it is entirely possible that the free web will be your best bet.


    Types of Sources

    • Direct sources such as:
      • Person's Official website/blog
      • Interviews
      • Social Media Posts, etc
    • Secondary sources such as:
      • Biographies
      • Documentaries
      • Magazine Spreads, etc


    Keywords & Search Strings - Download Graphic Organizer

    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.
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    2. Create a Search String:
      1. You should always research by searching carefully selected keywords NOT entire sentances!
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      3. Example:
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  • Evaluating Sources: Investigate the Source

    1. Read Laterally:
      1. Do not learn about a source from the source itself.
      2. Instead look for what OTHER sites/sources say about it.
    2. Is the Source Reliable?
      1. Determine who is providing the information (publisher, organization, website name, author) 
      2. And if they are reliable


    1. The Media Bias Fac Check Method
      1. Identify your source (usually its the name of the website)
      2. Search MediaBiasFactCheck.com for your source
      3. See what MBFC says about your source's biases and reputation


    1. The Wikipedia Method
      1. Video: How to Investigate Source using "The Wikipedia Method"
      2. More details on how to use "The Wikipedia Method" 
      1. What to look out for:
        1. Who is providing the info & are they reliable?
        2. Do they have a good reputation?
        3. How long have they been in existance?
        4. Do they have any agendas or biases that need to be accounted for?