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Junior School Research Help @ Kemang

Keeping Track of Your Sources

KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR SOURCES

There are lots of ways to keep track of your sources.

The most important rule is choose one way that works for you and stick to it.

Here's some tools that could help you:

Bookmarking on your browser

Bookmarking on your browser is simple and easy to do. You need to remember to set up good folders and make sure you are logged in as you.

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There are lots of tools to help you bookmark your websites as you go. Pearltrees is great because it is simple to use, has a great visual setup and works well on your phone, tablet or laptop.

Here's what one of my pages looks like:

Other tools that help you keep track of your sources are Wakelet, Diigo and Symbaloo

Or just copy and paste your links into OneNote. Just make sure you order them in a meaningful way. Links become a whole string of meaningless letters unless you name them well.

Getting started

Kid-friendly databases collect information found on the internet and curate them into a searchable database. They are a great place to start your research because they give you easy access to a wide range of ideas and information. 

Tip 1: Do lots of background reading around your topic using the recommended databases

Tip 2: Keep track of your sources and take good notes

Tip 3: Notice keywords that will help you narrow down your topic and search more accurately.

Tip 4: Exercise click restraint: Before clicking on the first or second result, expert searchers scroll down the page and even into the second page. They read the snippets, check the website address and the date it was published to find the most reliable and relevant results

Next Step

Once you have a good background knowledge of your topic and some great keywords it's time to do some more detailed research.

Books and journal articles whether printed or on a paid database are a great place to go. They have already been through a rigorous publishing process so the information in them is much more likely to be accurate and less biased. Here are some of the databases SPH subscribes to:

 Create a free PNRI account to use Britannica

 Click on the "Sign In with Microsoft" link and use your SPH email address and password

 Click on the "Sign In with Microsoft" link and use your SPH email address and password

 Click on the "Sign In with Microsoft" link and use your SPH email address and password

 Click on the "Sign In with Microsoft" link and use your SPH email address and password