Living History Fair : 5th grade

Research Information

  1. Use Google Docs or www.easybib.com to keep track of your sources as you work
  2. The school librarian has many useful resources on their school website: www.dr-k12.org/olc/60. Select the MS/HS Catalog link to find books in our library. Read through the Research Papers tab to find more information on how to use the research databases, citation, and plagiarism.
  3. The South Dakota State Library (www.library.sd.gov ) in Pierre offers several free databases for students to use. The options listed below are very user friendly and provide reliable, accurate information. You have instant access to them at school and at home. If you have trouble logging in at home, contact the librarian to receive our username/password. To access them, go to www.library.sd.gov, click on Electronic Resources, and click on A-Z Listing. From that list, choose from the following:
  • World Book Student (Grades 5-9): This is an online encyclopedia. Click one of the articles to read or for an audio option click on “Tools” and select “Hear text read aloud.” If you use an article from here, you’ll need to give it credit on your Works Cited Page by completing the following steps: While you have your article open, click on Tools, from the drop down menu click Citations, highlight the information listed under MLA, hit Ctrl + C to copy, open your Google Document, hit Ctrl + V to paste it on your Works Cited Page.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Offers online books. From your results page click on the “View eBook” blue button. While the actual book may be hundreds of pages long, this option brings you right to the page(s) where information on your person will be. Click on the arrows to move back & forth through pages or click on the Table of Contents button to see a full list of what the book has to offer. If you use a book from here, you’ll need to give it credit on your Works Cited Page by completing the following steps: While you are in the book, click on Citation Tools, from the drop down menu click MLA, highlight the information listed under MLA, hit Ctrl + C to copy, open your Google Document, hit Ctrl + V to paste it on your Works Cited Page.
  • EBSCO MegaFILE / Explora Libraries / ProQuest Research Library / SIRS: Offers online encyclopedias, books, newspapers, magazines, journals, videos and more to research your person. To narrow your results, scroll and look at the list on the left side of your screen, clicking the biography option will help you quickly narrow info about the early life, education, and family sections of your packet/paper. You can unclick this option at any time to see your full results list. Click the “Listen” button at the top of your article, if you prefer to have the article read to you. (ProQuest does not offer an audio option). If you use a resource from here, you’ll need to give it credit on your Works Cited Page by completing the following steps: While you have your resource open, from the side panel labeled Tools, click on Cite or Citation, and choose the option labeled MLA, highlight the information listed under MLA, hit Ctrl + C to copy, open your Google Document, hit Ctrl + V to paste it to your Works Cited Page.
  1. The school librarian can request Inter Library Loans to borrow a book from another library. If the request is approved from the lending library, the book can take about 2 weeks to arrive and will be due about 2 weeks later.
  2. Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library is located at 513 N. Orleans in Dell Rapids. Sign up for a free library card today! You can also search their catalog at home: http://64.251.190.79/opac/drpl/#menuHome
  3. Reliable Websites: Use these sites, which will give you results that have been chosen by teachers and librarians:
  1. Plagiarism: Be sure to make your work you own! Quote others work to give them credit!