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What is a primary source? How can I make my research paper stand out? Find out how to use resources and methods most effectively. From personal interviews to internet research, make your research project more impressive by becoming a super sleuth!
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  2. Library Research (9)

Microsoft Word 2010 Tutorial
Are you using a word processor for the first time? Microsoft Word 2010 can make writing assignments easier, once you understand the built-in features.

Do You Use an Ebook Reader?
Kindle, Nook, Sony, and others: students are hitting the e-books. Do you use an e-reader for school? Share your experience to help other students and parents decide: is an e-reader worthwhile for students?See submissions

Graphic Organizers
Sometimes it's easier to organize and expand your ideas when you have a visual tool. Graphic organizers will help you identify, organize, and label your thoughts by putting them into patterns and shapes.?

Microsoft OneNote© Tutorial
Microsoft OneNote will help you organize any large project into manageable sections. For students, OneNote is an excellent tool for organizing research papers. There are hundreds of ways you could use this program, so you should start with a simple project and learn as you go. This tutorial covers the most basic steps of OneNote, just to get...

Gifts for Researchers
It takes time and a few special tools to research archives and special collections. Get the perfect gift for the serious researcher in your life.

Kid Safe Search Engines
If you've ever been shocked by search results, you know that the most innocent search attempt can generate some pretty ugly results. There are many search engines designed just for kids, so the searches will turn up sites that have been approved by teachers, librarians, and editors.

Overwhelmed By Research!
When working on a large project, students can sometimes become overwhelmed by all the information they gather in their research. This can happen when a student is working on a large paper with many segments or when several students are working on a large project together. This organization technique works for all research projects, from high...

When to Cite a Source
Cite sources when necessary. How many times have you heard a teacher say this? But many students might wonder what exactly counts as a fact, and what doesn't.

Newspaper Sections, Terms and Tips
The newspaper can be daunting for beginners. These terms and tips can help readers understand the parts of a newspaper and help them decide what information could be helpful when conducting research.

Internet Research Tips
The Internet is a great tool for research, but it is also a public forum, where anyone can make a claim or an assertion. If you find an article that provides relevant information for your research topic, you should take care to investigate the source to make sure it is valid and reliable.

Choosing a Strong Research Topic
It's important to find a research topic that you enjoy, but finding a strong topic isn't always that simple! You'll want to find a topic that is feasible, as well. Make sure you choose a thesis that you can back up with lots of strong research and a variety of sources, as well.

Using a Primary Source
Use primary sources to improve your paper and your grade. If you've ever read a diary, old letter, or unpublished document, you have consulted a primary source.

5 Essential Reference Books
There are a few reference books you should know about as you become more serious about your research in high school and college. This list contains 5 sources you'll find in every library.

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