Evaluating your Sources

SFPL SkillsCenter Resource Library: Hints about Print Tutorial
Explore this interactive tutorial that guides student researchers through tips on hot to select the best materials for a research paper of project. This resource includes a checklist for students to print out for reference as they select materials. Click below to begin the tutorial.

University of California, Berkeley
Learn how to successfully evaluate websites. This easy to understand resource is a great place for the inexperienced researcher (or researchers who need a little refresher) to begin. Included here is a rationale for evaluating what you find on the Web, what a URL tells you, how to scan the perimeter of a website, how to identify indicators of quality information, techniques for comparing websites, and how to determine whether it all adds up. Click below to learn all about it.

Understanding Plagiarism

SFPL SkillsCenter Resource Library
This resource will help students understand plagiarism. It explains what plagiarism is and outlines steps to follow to avoid plagiarizing. Click the link below to learn more. 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
This in-depth resource explains plagiarism in more detail and offers exercises and best practices for teachers. It explains the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing and gives examples of each. Click the link to learn all you ever wanted to learn about plagiarism.

Citing your Sources

SFPL SkillsCenter Resource Library - MLA Samples
This resource provides a sample paper in MLA format showing the parenthetical documentation and a sample works cited page in MLA format. Click through below to learn more about MLA.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Education Place 
This resource is a place for students and their parents to learn about citing sources for research papers. It covers books; encyclopedias and other reference materials; poems and short stories in anthologies; periodicals; other media like DVDs, VHS, and CD-ROM; and Internet resources. Click below to begin.

Help with Writing

SFPL SkillsCenter Resource Library - Writing a Research Paper Workshop
Explore this Writing a Research Paper Workshop. This resource is great for writing students in grades 5-10. This tutorial takes students through the steps of writing a research paper with clickable pages with explanations and plenty of examples. This tutorial teaches students how to choose resources, prewrite, draft, edit, and revise. Click below to learn how to refine your writing.

ReadWriteThink - How to Revise and Edit
Learn how to read as a reader, read as a writer, and read as an editor. Click below to find out what it all means.


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