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Tips on Writing a Research Paper: Home

Links to researching and writing tips found within UDLib/SEARCH databases.


This Guide provides links to resources provided by databases within UDLib/SEARCH that discuss, demonstrate, or provide worksheets for research and paper-writing techniques.  These short cuts take you to tutorials and pdfs on such topics as choosing keywords, using a particualr database, developing a paper topic, and properly citing your sources. The Guide provides information for the early grades (K-5) as well as for the upper grades of 6-12.

Basic Research in Databases

Most Databases allow for multiple ways to search for a topic.  You can enter a search term directly, use a subject browse, or use a subject tree or other visual subject arrangement.

Gale databases provide topic trees for their standard databases and a portal-type search by broad subject area in the "In Context" databases. SIRS Databases allow use of specific subject headings or a natural language keyword search. SIRS also allows a topic browse drill-down to locate a particular subject.

Britannica allows a search at each of the three levels of Britannica School Edition. In addition, it allows an advanced search at each level, provides search tips, and allows for a browse both alphabetically and by subject heading.

World Book products allow basic keyword searching, an advanced search, a find by topic feature. World Book Student has a special section on Biography and a Geographical Explore searching feature.

Tips on Writing Papers

Information here is taken from databases that provide tips on creating, organizing, and writing a research report or paper.


World Book Graphic Organizers

Kids InfoBits Teacher Tool Box


Gale Tools for Getting Started and Wrapping Up

SIRS iThink Tutor

SIRS Mini-Research Paper Guide

SIRS Graphic Organizer

Britannica Writing Study Guides

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