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Research Strategies

Research Strategies

Author: Jason Symes
Description:

A refresher on Advanced Google Search plus exposure and tutorial for four valuable historical research sites. Sites include Smithsonian, Gilder Lehrman, Library of Congress, and Wikipedia?.

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Tutorial

In this tutorial you are going get a bit of a refresher on some Google Search strategies help make your research time more efficient. The refresher is the slideshow at the beginning of the tutorial. From there we are going to show you four sites that are commonly used to help research historical times and eras. The three sites are SmithsonianSource, Gilder Lehrman, and the Library of Congress.

Your skill objective is to use the tutorial videos to learn how to use 2 different online research sites.

The content objective is to develop 3 potential topics for your Extravaganza!!?! research work. Topics will be shared in small and large groups at the end of the period.

At the end of the tutorial is a presentation on Advanced Google Search Strategies. You have seen this presentation before, but it should be a helpful reminder of some of the strategies you can use to help make your search more efficient and yield better results.

Smithsonian Source

Smithsonian Source is one place students can visit to help find primary source material. There isn't a ton of resources, but it is easy to use and put together in a user friendly manner.


Here is a link to the video that can act as a guide to using Smithsonian Source.

Try to use this source to find a topic or resource of interest.

Gilder Lehrman

Gilder Lehrman is a site that we use as teachers when developing many of our primary resource guides. Features it has that would be beneficial to your learning are era timelines, primary sources, and good overviews of historical eras.


Here is the link to the video that can act as a guide to using Gilder Lehrman.

Try to use this source to find a topic or resource of interest.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is a wonderful resource to use when looking for primary sources. The LOC can be a bit overwhelming with so much information, but this tutorial should help guide you to two places within the LOC that have information you need, delivered in a manner that is not too overwhelming.


Here is the link to the video that can act as a guide to using the Library of Congress.

Try to use this source to find a topic or resource of interest.

Advanced Google Search -

This is a refresher presentation that can be used throughout the research phase to help make your search work more efficient and effective. Some simple strategies to make your internet searching more effective and yield better results.

Source: Symes