STEPS 1 - 3:

Preparation and Planning

Steps 4-6

Narrowing Topic Focus and Developing Research Strategies

Steps 7-9

Digital Searches, Expert Help, Source Tracking, and Reading.

Steps 10-12

Analyze Sources, Take Notes, Follow Up Research, and Finishing.

1 Choose a Topic / Introduction to Research 

2  Set up NoodlebibProject
    Log into noodlebib (see Ms. Wolf if you have issues with your account)
    Create New Project

Once you have finished the initial set up, this will be the only place you should keep track of the resources you use.

Helpful Tip: Every time you find a resource, immediately add it as a new citation to your project and you'll save time later

3 Begin "Reading Widely" for Context.
Gather background information on your topic to gain a basic understanding of, for instance, the people, the place, or the time period in which the events took place.
Background reading should include multiple kinds of resources like books, online encyclopedias, and websites.


Click here to search the Beaver Catalog. Start by using the everywhere option when searching topics.
Check your local library or nearby college libraries.


 Develop List of Keywords on Topic

Keywords are essential! They will help you search the catalog for books and databases for articles. Start with broad terms and narrow their focus.  Try to group them into related clusters.

At left is an example of a keyword cloud for the Iranian Nuclear Program. 

5 Narrow Topic Focus

By now, you've read a bit of background material and should have a "working knowledge" of your topic. It's time to develop your thesis. Your teacher can help guide you through this process. Remember: it might change a bit as you delive into Steps 7 through 9. This is OK. Always be checking in with your teacher to make sure you are headed on the right track. 

6 Sweet Searching

Use Sweet Search to find resources on your topic that are already vetted and approved by teachers and researchers.

7  Become a "Better" Googler
Harness the power of Google through the use of modifiers. Chances are, you'll bring back results you never thought possible. Follow the guide below.

8 Examine Online Databases
Use the keyword list you developed; find current, informative, authorative articles on your topic.

You should use these databases:


And these Databases for news stories on your topic:

9 Read, Read, Read, Cite Cite Cite
Gather all materials you have cited and read. Mark important points that will supplement your arguments in your paper. 

Helpful Tip: Every article, book, and website you read and use should be cited in your Noodlebib Bibliography. If its not, add it. Seriously.

10 Create Notecards for Citations
This will help you when writing your paper.  A notecard attached to a particular source will allow you to easily paraphrase and insert quotes from articles to support your opinions. 

11 Check in with Ms. Wolf for additional help
Ms. Wolf will help you throughout the process. If you are struggling to find resources by Step 11, please visit the library again. 

12 Begin Writing!
Use Noodlebib to help you organize and outline and properly paraphrase and quote your sources.