Research Across the Curriculum

Throughout Freshman year, students will come to the Learning Commons each quarter with a different class to learn about the MLA format, the inquiry method of research, online search techniques and strategies, and how to evaluate and organize the information. They will become familiar with the excellent resources provided in our collection and become comfortable searching for information using print resources, the statewide databases, online encyclopedias, and e-books as well as scholarly Internet search engines like RefSeek.

Quarter 1

Research Across the Curriculum: The English Writing classes will come to the Learning Commons to learn about the MLA format and to practice citing a variety of different resources. They will use specific print and electronic resources (e.g., SJP Biography Collection, Gale Databases, Britannica Online) to research a historical figure or other famous person and write a 5-paragraph essay that answers the following question:

What is this person's greatest accomplishment and why? Please provide three pieces of evidence from your research to support your thesis.

Digital Citizenship: Students will learn about digital ethics and the importance of communicating and using information ethically while online.

MLA Format Assignment


Objectives

  • Students will learn how to use the internet ethically.
  • Students will practice using and citing print and online resources available in the LC.
  • Using these resources, students will gather information about a famous person or historical figure.
  • Students will locate at least three resources (print and online) containing information that helps to answer their question.
  • Students will communicate what they have learned through a 5-paragraph essay.
  • Students will create a properly formatted list of Works Cited.

Final Products

  • Properly formatted 5-paragraph essay.
  • Properly formatted list of Works Cited.


Quarter 2

The freshmen will visit the LC during their World History I class. They will become familiar with the six-step Inquiry Model Research Process, practice their research skills by completing a research project on Ancient Rome, and learn how to construct an annotated bibliography.

Watch this Explain Everything video to learn more about the Inquiry Model Research Process.

Watch this Slide presentation about Writing an Annotated Bibliography.

Student Resources

Objectives

  • Students will understand the six-step Inquiry Model Research Process.
  • Students will compose and research an open-ended essential question related to Ancient Rome.
  • Students will locate at least two resources (print and/or electronic) containing information that helps to answer their question.
  • Students will find a quote from a primary source to include in their research. (optional)
  • Students will communicate what they have learned through an infographic created with Canva.
  • Students will create a properly formatted annotated list of Works Cited.

Final Products:

Students will submit the following assessments in Google Classroom when they complete the project:

  • Google doc containing the student's work (essential question, list of search terms, research notes, citations, annotations.
  • Properly formatted annotated list of Works Cited.
  • Infographic providing a detailed answer to the student's essential question.

Quarter 3

Grade 9 Theology scholars will practice their analytical and evaluation skills as they search for information about how the identity of Jesus is viewed through different theological lenses (e.g., Christian, Muslim, Jewish).

Student Resources:

Objectives:

  • Students will understand why it is important to evaluate web resources.
  • Students will understand how to tell if a website is not authentic ("fake news").
  • Students will evaluate possible resources to use in writing their theology paper.
  • Students will be able to evaluate a website for five key criteria:
    • authority,
    • intent,
    • reliability,
    • timeliness and
    • usefulness.

Final Products:
Students will submit the following assessments to their Theology teacher when they complete the project:

  • Annotated list of Works Cited in proper MLA format
  • Compare/contrast research paper on Jesus and His identity.

Quarter 4

In this final installment of the Research Across the Curriculum program, the freshmen will visit the Learning Commons with their Biology classes. They will learn how to effectively refine their online search strategies and employ these skills as they look for information to use in their biology research paper.

Student Resources:

Watch this Prezi presentation about Refining your Search Strategies.


Evaluating Web Resources Tutorial (video)

Objectives:

  • Students will understand why it is important to read about their topic in a variety of sources.
  • Students will be able to generate a pertinent list of search terms.
  • Students will understand the purpose of using search operators and limiters.
  • Students will evaluate possible resources to use in writing their biology paper.

Final Products:
Students will submit the following when they complete the project:

  • Research paper
  • Works Cited
  • Search strategy evaluation reflection