Research Project

Decide on your Driving Question: Dictates what you need to find out

  • Example: “How did Steven Jobs change the way we communicate?”
    Instead of “The Life of Steven Jobs”

Searching for Information

Searching tips

  • Use reliable sources that are fact based and not opinions
  • Use GPISD databases- Click here for list
    World Book Web- Username: gpisd;  Password: grand (only need at home)
    Gale Online Databases and eBooks- Can listen to articles. Password is learn
    Culture Grams- Username- gpisd; Password- prairie
  • Stay away from Google Searches
    Never type questions in the search box.
    Results will usually be opinions on blogs and wikis
    Type key words instead
  • Use websites with domains such as .gov or .org when possible
  • Use different types of media for your research.
    Maps, newspaper articles, magazines, books, ebooks, websites, encyclopedia articles, timelines and more (see World Book Examples)
  • Find topics in articles and webpages using Control + F key.
    Type in your keysearch word and press enter
    It will highlight everytime that word appears.
  • You can find a lot of eBooks in Destiny quest when you login.  
    Use same login you use for the computers and Discovery Education
    Type topic- Ex: Civil War
    Location:  Choose all of GPISD
    Material Type: Electronic Book (ebook)
    Read ebooks online and can check out for exclusive access.


Cite the Source of Information

Databases Cite Sources for you

GPISD Databases all provide source citation information that can be copied and pasted into your document or project.  Example:  In World Book Web- scroll to the bottom of the article, picture, etc... then copy and paste into your digital project.  This is true for any type of resource.

Gale Databases- Find citation.
Click on Citation Tools in the right menu bar for any resource

It gives you the option to Download or Select and the option to export to Easybib.

How to Cite Other Sources

YWLA Students have Easybib accounts

GPISD Databases all provide source citation information that can be copied and pasted into your document or project.

EabyBib can be used for sources outside our GPISD databases.

Use Easybib Online or Download the app on your iOS or Android Device.
YWLA offers students a free Easybib account. Click here for login directions.

Searching for Images

All images must be copyright safe and the source must be cited in your project.


GPISD Databases contain images within articles.
Each image lists copyright information that can be copied and pasted in document.
Copyright Safe Image Searches Click here for a great list

Wikimedia Commons- An excellent resource for historical images that are out of copyright.

Discovery Education- all images & videos are Creative Commons http://gpisd.discoveryeducation.com Use your school computer login

Google Advanced Search

Directions:  Search and cite images "Labeled for Reuse."

Citing Your Image Source

EabyBib
Use Online or Download the app on your iOS or Android Device.
YWLA offers students a free Easybib account.  Click here for login directions.

Navigate to the EasyBib website.
Click on Register
Use this code for full access account:  ywlaeasybib1

What is Your End Project?

  • What will you create to demonstrate your research?
  • Will you make a video, a cartoon or some other type of presentation?
  • Click here for list of online tools.