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STEAM Academy High School: Evaluating Information

This research guide is developed in partnership with STEAM Academy of the Fayette County Public School system.

Research Tips and Tricks

Forming the Research Question:

  • What questions might someone else have about this topic?

  • How can I narrow my topic by region/country?

  • By time period?

  • By demographics (groups of people)?

  • Am I interested in the relationship between more than one topic?

  • Am I willing to question what I think I already know about my topic in order to find the truth?

Choosing Your Search Tools:

  • Everything for your research is located at
  • You probably won’t find everything you need in one database; try several!

  • Start with more general sources (like Gale Virtual Ref or Films on Demand), then move to newspapers or print resources.

  • Try using the advanced search options for more control over your results!

Forming Keyword Searches:

  • Remember to remove non-central words like a, an, the, in, of, and, or, but, etc.
  • Try to develop as many synonyms for your keywords as possible; try them in different combinations when searching.


In-Class Activity

Evaluating Sources & Developing Research Questions/Topics

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