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Research Skills

Tecumseh Library Database

View this document for the "how to guide" and learn how to access VSB Database from any devices.

How to Research and Write Reports

Research Steps

KYVL's How to do Research

This site shows some of the steps that you can follow when doing research. Includes some sources of information as well as techniques for taking notes and properly using the information. 

Primary Research Map

A research guide for younger students, including some worksheets you can fill out to help organize your research. 

Research Skills

This is a step-by-step guide that defines some research skills that should be useful for higher grades. The steps are: Define the Task, Locate Information, Select Resources, Organize Notes, Present the Ideas, and Evaluate your Work. 

KidsConnect Research Toolbox

This site has the research process divided into the steps of, “I Wonder,” “I Find,” “I Evaluate,” and “I Share.” Each step has links to some good resources that students can use to help them with their research and reports.

Choosing Good Sources 

The 5 W's of Web Site Evaluation

This site talks about how to evaluate how good a web site is using five W’s – Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Thinking about the five W’s can help you decide for yourself if the website should be trusted for your research. 

Choose the Best Search Engine

Strategies for advanced searchers about which search engines and databases to use for specific topics, and some more search options. 

Internet Search Strategies

Some different strategies about searching the Internet are included on this site. 

Boolean Searching

Learn how to use AND, OR, and NOT for your Internet searches. 


You can create an online mind-map if you need help brainstorming or organizing your thoughts. 

Essay Writing Skills

You can use the concepts that are introduced in this step-by-step guide for writing essays to write smaller reports as well. Includes information on how to create a simple bibliography.

Celebration of Learning past topics.doc

This is a Word document with a list of some previous Celebration of Learning topics if you are having trouble coming up with ideas.

Presentation Tools

A presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas in a fun and unique way.

Make and share 30-second video clips for free.

Multimedia software that allows students to create original artwork, animations, and stories. Includes lesson plans, classroom ideas, teacher accounts, and educational standards.

An application that lets you generate “word clouds” from text in order to create a visually appealing presentation.

Voice Thread
A cloud application that allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, pictures, audio, and video. Has a K-12 section that is secure and accountable.

Search Engines and Databases

Search Engines

Kids Click!

A search engine for students, with results that indicate which grade level they are good for. Search by keyword, category, alphabet, or Dewey Decimal.

World Book Kids

The World Book Encyclopaedia for Kids, with the ability to search by keyword or through the visual search features. Requires Tecumseh login.

Sweet Search

This is a search engine catered towards students, with Web sites that have been evaluated and approved by research experts. Some results may come up that are for higher grade levels.

Safe Search for Kids

A search engine with results that should be good for students to use.


Kids' Search Database

A database with search results that are designed for grades K-8. Requires Tecumseh login.

Academic Search Premier

An advanced database of articles and resources for projects and research.

Global Issues in Context

An advanced database about current events that are happening in the world.


This advanced database has articles relating to environmental issues.

Canadian Sources

Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopaedia is a source of information on Canadian topics.

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

This database contains a variety of articles focusing on Canadian points of view on many different topics. There are links to news stories and articles.

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

This database has articles about many subjects that are related to British Columbia.

BC Historical Newspapers

An archive of historical newspaper pages from BC’s past.

The Dictionary of Canadian Biography

This database contains biographies of important historical Canadians.

Works Cited

MLA Style Citations

General Guidelines

Collect the information as you do your research. All information must be recorded in "Works Cited."

Pay careful attention to the punctuation in the examples - mark clearly commas (,) and periods (.) Each citation must end with a period.

If there is no author indicated, begin the citation with the title (of either the article or the publication).

Instead of using the full name you can abbreviate the names of states, provinces, and countries. For example, ON for Ontario, WA for Washington, Gt. Brit. for Great Britain.

Make sure that you are always following the rules from the latest version of MLA.

In the final copy of the "Works Cited":

  • Use the title Works Cited followed by a double space
  • Arrange everything alphabetically by author/editor or by title if no author is given - ignore A, An, and The when arranging
  • Do not number the entries or organize them by category
  • Double space everything and indent the second and following lines by five spaces
  • Include a page number if you are numbering the pages in your document

More Information

Citation Machine

A helpful site that shows you how to cite your sources in a variety of styles.

Works Cited for Grades 1-6

Some information on how to make a Works Cited, with information from grades 1-6.

Bibliography Help

What is a bibliography, and where to find information for it. Includes examples of good citations for books and other types of resources.

Internet Resources on Citing

An explanation of why citing your sources is important, and a list of links to help with creating your Works Cited lists.


What plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. Includes some sample paragraphs that demonstrate the difference between plagiarizing and citing.

What is Plagiarism?

A tutorial about plagiarism for more advanced students that will take about 10 minutes to finish.

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