research guide

Information Models

The BIG6 is an information problem-solving model that helps students find, use, apply and evaluate information for specific needs and tasks.

The Seven Steps of the Research Process from Cornell University Library, details seven steps that outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find.

Writing/Research Help

Purdue OWL - Online Writing Lab is a valuable tool for students, especially those preparing for college. Over 200 free resources including research help, writing process tips, grammar and mechanics and style guides.

Diana Hacker a Writers Reference: Research and Documentation Online is an extensive annotated list of specialized sources for more than 30 disciplines, organized by type—databases & indexes, Web resources and reference books. Includes guidelines for documenting resources, sample papers, tips for evaluating sources, a list of style manuals and a glossary of research terms.

The Elements of Style is a classic reference book by William Strunk is intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources provides an explanation of evaluative steps necessary to determine the quality of your sources.

OSLIS How to do Research
From defining your topic, to planning your research, to presenting your finished product, this site clearly leads you through all research steps.

Citation Help

Citation Maker
From the Oregon School Information System, an aid for Middle and High School students who are creating MLA citations.

Duke University Libraries provides guidelines for assembling varying types of resources into a bibliography or works cited page in your paper.

NoodleTools is a service that helps you create, save and format reference citations and bibliographies for research papers or projects (See your media specialist for ID and password).

NoodleBib Express
This segment of NoodleTools is designed for students who just need one or two quick citations.