Wrapping up research

 

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Where do I begin????

 

We are always seeking information. It might be about our next holiday, dream car or job or study we pursue. It may be about some dream business we have in mind. We need to be able to research and find information to help us make informed choices. When we purchase a car we usually research the car on the internet and ask friends for their opinions  and we try to canvass a range of opinions. This skill which is so important for life is also the key to success at school. We need to use a range of sources to gather information and we also need to be able to decide whether the information is honest and worth crediting in our research. Its not OK just to visit a couple of websites and cut and paste some information. You need the eyes and instincts of a good detective to ferret out useful information. The journey is worthwhile and the results will be amazing. There is plenty of help along the way so start with The State Library of Victoria for a step by step guide on how to research  http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/ergo/use_what_you_kno 

 

LIBRARY STAFF

Now we know about the process of researching ask a friendly librarian to help you sort through the maze of information out there.

 Here are some good places to start

 Family and older friends

Primary sources

Primary sources are first hand accounts of an event. This may be in the form of a diary , newspaper  account,  interview, record, drawing or photograph. A detective would think of them as eyewitness accounts. The National Library of Australia has digitised an amazing collection of primary resources ie. all the Women’s Weekly from 1930 onwards are available for viewing. Go to http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Local history Search the full text of The Standard for local information  http://www.standard.net.au/

Secondary sources

  •  Check out the World Book or subject encyclopedias for great background information
  • Ask library staff how to use the library catalogue  to find a range of books on your topic – it is surprisingly easy!!
  • wblcoll.vic.edu.au/WebOpac/
  • elibrary – check out the page link explaining this wonderful resource that our College purchase     Best of all, it’s available at school or from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Check out the local Warrnambool Public Library   http://http://corangamite.spydus.com/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/HOME
  • Instead of Google try  sweetsearch.com.au T his is a search engine that is especially designed for students and only delivers relevant quality websites
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