Develop Your Research Toolkit  
6 Activities: Click to view each activity
#1 Watch - What's a Library Database? Watch - What's a Library Database?

Library databases provide free access to high quality information that is available on the invisible or deep web.  INFOhio provides access to databases for PreK-12 students.

Watch the video "What's a library database?" for some tips on helping your students learn about databases offered through INFOhio and their public library.

#2 Search - Articles, Essays, Primary Sources and More (PreK-5) Search - Articles, Essays, Primary Sources and More (PreK-5)

Explora PreK-5 Students will learn about their favorite subject, look up words and read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information.  Here they will also find pictures. And, the articles can be translated into more than 30 languages.

Watch this video introducing Explora PreK-5.

Explore Explora PreK-5.  (Note: Enter your INFOhio username and password, if asked.)

Search for your favorite subject or for information on a unit you will be doing this year.

Add a direct link to Explora PreK-5 on your class or library web page with this url:  https://www.infohio.org/students/er/item/explora-prek-5.

Follow this path to access Explora PreK-5:

  • Go to www.infohio.org.
  • Click on PreK-5 Elementary School.
  • Click on Explora PreK-5.
#3 Search - Controversial Current Issues (Grades 6-12) Search - Controversial Current Issues (Grades 6-12)


Points of View  (Grades 6-12) contains articles supporting pro and con sides of current issues. Helps students develop arguments to support a position.  Includes essays, charts and graphs, images, and more. Hear text read aloud.

Watch this short video introducing Points of View.

Explore Points of View Reference Center.  (Note: Enter your INFOhio username and password, if prompted.)

Search for a favorite subject or a topic you include in your curriculum.

Add a direct link to Points of View Reference Center on your library or class web page with this url:  https://www.infohio.org/students/er/item/points-of-view.

Follow this path to find Points of View Reference Center.

  • Go to www.infohio.org .
  • Click on either 6-8 or 9-12.
  • Click on Points of View Reference Center Center.

 

#4 Search - Literary Works, Authors, Criticisms and More (Grades 6-12) Search - Literary Works, Authors, Criticisms and More (Grades 6-12)

Literary Reference Center contains a collection of informational texts on numerous literary genres, themes and forms, as well as critical essays on specific works and authors. Students can also find helpful research guides, a citation tool and literary glossary.   This database will be helpful in English/Language Arts and Social Studies classes.

Included are dozens of lesson plans and a tool that provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Watch this video introducing Literary Reference Center.

Explore Literary Reference Center. (Note: Enter your INFOhio username and password, if prompted.)

 

Search for your favorite topic or a topic in your curriculum.

Add a direct link to Literary Reference Center on your library or class web page with this url: https://www.infohio.org/students/er/item/literary-reference-center.

Here is a path to follow to Literary Reference Center.

  • Go to www.infohio.org.
  • Click on either 6-8 or 9-12.
  • Click on Literacy Reference Center.
#5 Search - Compare ISearch and a Database Search Search - Compare ISearch and a Database Search

Compare and Contrast

Here is a sample search activity to use with your students in grades 4-12.  Have your students search in ISearch (INFOhio's search tool that searches across most of the INFOhio databases). Then have them try the search in a database.   Have the students compare and contrast their findings and their search experiences using the different interfaces.  (You might have them also search for the topic in Google.)

This compare and contrast activity is one example of using the INFOhio search tools to develop skills in critical thinking about information.

Compare these two searches and answer these questions:

  1. How are the ISearch and database search environments similar?
  2. How are these search environments different?
  3. When will you use these search environments?

First search in ISearch.

Here is the ISearch search box. (For more information on ISearch, review Learn to Search Effectively.)

Do a quick search to find out the most efficient way to begin research on the history of comic books.

  1. Type the key words COMIC BOOKS in the ISearch box. (Use your INFOhio username and password, if prompted.)
  2. Look at each tab and explore the information you have retrieved.
  3. Use filters on the left to help narrow your search.

Next search in one or two of these databases. 

  1. Type the key words COMIC BOOKS in the database search box. (Use your INFOhio username and password, if prompted.)
  2. Explore the information you have retrieved.
  3. Use filters on the left to help narrow or expand your search.
#6 Extend the Learning Extend the Learning

 


Think about how you will teach your students research skills. Talk with your colleagues and share ways you are helping students to develop the skills needed to be successful researchers and knowledge builders.

Here are some additional resources from INFOhio that support  teaching research in the K-12 classroom.  Explore these tools and resources to gain some ideas for implementing research in your classroom.