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Junior School Research Help

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:

 To log in to Britannica use this link.

 To log in to Gale when you are at home use your school Microsoft account.

Searching for Information Tips

 Other search tips to try

  • Use a - sign in front of your search terms you don't want included. eg: climate change -wikipedia
  • Add related: to the front of your search term to get results that relate to the topic. eg: related:
  • Use an * in place of a word eg: May the * be with you

Search tips information source: Techgumbo, 2017, Youtube