As indicated on the rubric, part of your grade will be based on the quality of your research. Simply googling your assigned individual/group/event does not ensure quality research. In fact, often this research is inaccurate or not credible. Instead of just using Google, or a similar search engine, use the following guidelines to complete your research:
1) Rely mainly on online databases.
- Databases are peer-reviewed. This means that a professor, teacher, librarian, or expert on the subject has determined that the information is in fact true.
- Databases have "name credibility" - that is, the journals or periodicals that you will find on these databases will be recognized by your teachers.
2) Be careful when using websites.
- Do not use blogs, tweets, or posting on any social media network. These are not reliable sources.
- If you cannot find key information (author's name, organization, publisher) then you should not use the website.
- Look at the domain name at the end of each website; ".edu" means "education", ".org" means "organization", ".gov" means "government", and "com" means company. Note that organizations and companies may be trying to sell you a product or idea; be careful that the website is not biased.
- Try websites like PBS, History Channel, British Broadcasting Company, and TIME for relevant information.
3) Use primary sources.
- Primary sources are first-hand testimonies. Autobiographies, letters, and interviews are examples of primary sources.
- Books and speeches written by your assigned individual or group are essential for your research. It is expected that if your person or individual or known for writing a book, article, or speech, it will be cited in your paper.
- Laws and Supreme Court rulings are also essential primary resources. You may want to cite these sources in your paper. Always refer to Supreme Court cases in italics.