Homework Help

Homework Help

How to Google
Google Help

For some basic tips and tricks on making your searches more effective, scroll through the infographic on the left.

If you want more structured lessons to walk you through things like selecting the best words to search and narrowing down the results, I encourage you to look/work through the lessons found here.

This page has a chart of how those 15 lessons fit together.

For guaranteed reliable sources, 
check below for how to use academic databases.

Databases

The various research databases can 
be accessed by clicking on 
the "Research Help" tab above. 

It will open a page of the various links in a new window. 

The databases can be accessed anytime while at school. From home, you will need to sign in using your Douglas County Library Card. (Check the navigation section below for a tip on how to work around this.)

From there, you can select which database you want to use. 

The different options are briefly described below, followed by some helpful tips for navigating them.


Description

The databases are separated into two columns, primary and secondary.
For the most part, you will want to use those in the secondary column.


World Book Online is an encyclopedia, dictionary, and atlas. Use it if you are looking for maps, timelines, or general information about a topic.


Student Research Center can include search results from various types of sources, like magazines, newspapers, books, photos, and even TV and radio transcripts. You can also search by topic and narrow the results by reading level.

Brainfuse is an excellent source for tutoring, test-prep, and skills building. This is where you want to go for more direct homework help.



MAS Ultra
 is a giant collection of books, magazines, biographies, images, and primary source documents. 


Under these are expandable sections for Historical ResearchLiterary ResearchCurrent Events, and Scientific Research. When expanded, they reveal more databases that are specific to that topic.


Navigation

All of the databases have excellent sources for your research. Please use several of them. If you are not finding what you are looking for through one database, try a different one.

The databases have many different ways you can filter your results. You can do a basic or advanced search, just like Google. If you see the option, always check the "Full Text" box. That way, you get all of the information rather than some of the results being just summaries.
When you find a result that you like, you can email it to yourself.
Then, in your Gmail, you can create a folder for them, specifically for the project you are working on and have all your sources in one place. Remember how I said you can only access the databases from home if you have a library card? Well, you can access your email from anywhere. So, email the ones you like, and work with them from home; no library card required. (But I still recommend having one!)
EBSCOhost
The following databases are powered by EBSCOhost.
  • Student Research Center
  • MAS Ultra
  • Middle Search Plus
  • Science Reference Center
  • Consumer Health Complete
If you are using any of these databases, you can create an account (with parent permission). This is recommended because while you are logged in, any articles you want to keep can be saved to your folder and accessed later. If you save results from multiple different EBSCO databases, they will all appear in the same folder. That way, you have all your resources in one place. 
Whether you email them or add them to your folder, keep all of your sources and potential sources until you are completely done with the project!
Make sure you have them saved in case you need more information from them. Maybe you find an article you like, but decide not to use it. Save it anyway. That way, if you change your mind and decide it really would work well, you still have it. It will save you a lot of time in trying to re-find the article.
Software Help

Can't quite figure out the program you want to use?
Atomic Learning has loads of tutorials! 

Just click the image below and use the following login:
Username: mesams
Password: bears

http://www.atomiclearning.com/


Paper Formatting


For information on any and all MLA formatting, check out the Purdue Owl Guide.
Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab
If you need help with citations, EasyBib can walk you through it.
EasyBib
There is also an EasyBib add-on for Google docs that can build your works cited.
Still don't understand why citations are so important? 
Click through this quick slide show and maybe it will make a bit more sense.
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