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Ocean Animal Research

January20

The library has many wonderful resources to help with your ocean animal research!

In addition to the books Ms. McDonough has in her classroom, the library also owns several databases that you will find helpful. To access them, go to the library’s website.

If you having trouble accessing the databases from home, you might want to use the “email” feature inside each database while you are at school. Using this allows you to email database articles to yourself, so you can read them later without having to go back to the database.

 

Look under the Science heading for:

New Book of Popular Science

and

Grzimek’s Animal Life

DON’T FORGET TO COPY AND SAVE THE MLA CITATION AT THE BOTTOM OF ANY ARTICLES YOU TAKE NOTES FROM!

Encyclopedias like World Book Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia Britannica will also be helpful.

 

If you want to search the Internet, Google is okay, but Sweet Search is better! It only gives results that are useful for educational purposes, like writing a report about an ocean animal. Infotopia is another search engine that tries to do the same thing.

If you want to skip the search engines altogether, try looking at these websites:

National Geographic

MarineBio

Animal Planet

DON’T FORGET TO ADD ANY WEBSITE YOU TAKE NOTES FROM TO NOODLEBIB!

 

Looking for visuals?

Try out the databases! Most offer images – and sometimes videos – under “Media.” There is also a database full of nothing but images called Associated Press Image Archive. Check it out!

You can also look for copyright-free images at www.pics4learning.com and search.creativecommons.org

If you’re searching Google Images, remember to go to the website the image came from before you cite it. You CANNOT cite “Google Images” in your bibliography. It’s just a search engine and not the owner of the image.

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