Prepare before you come into the library or start searching online. If you are visiting the library to do research make sure you bring your homework or assignment sheet, pen and paper to write notes and ideas, your library card and some money to pay for internet, printing or photocopying.
Leave lots of time
If you wait until the day before the project is due, all the information may be out or you will feel panicked and do a poor job. Reference books will always be available for use in the library only and you can search online when the library is closed.
Write everything you can think of about your topic:
This example is about Ancient Egypt:
children, making food, pyramids, markets, rich families, growing up, drinks, shops, roles, grandparents, Nile, education, funeral, festivals, types of food, gods, mummies, tombs, making mummies, music etc.
Make a concept map
Sort your ideas into groups. Using our Ancient Egypt example:
- Families: children, grandparents, rich families, growing up, roles
- Food and Drink: growing food, types of food, farming, making food, shops, markets, drinks cost of food
- Pyramids: mummies, funeral, tombs
Choose some of these keywords to write your questions to help you find information.
Write a question
An easy way to write a question is to join a keyword from your concept map with how? what? where? why? or when?
- How are pyramids built?
- Who built the pyramids?
- What is stored in the pyramids?
- How are mummies prepared?
- Why did the Egyptian people build pyramids?
- How do we know about life in Ancient Egypt?
Choose keywords to find information
Keywords are your searching / finding words. You can use them to search on:
- library catalogues
- online databases
- contents, index, and chapter headings in books
Never leave without asking for help!
If you haven't found what you're looking for, ask for help! Library staff are here to help you find all the resources - including on-line information! If you are searching online for information you can ask a librarian at AnyQuestions between 1-6pm Monday-Friday.