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Quest 1 Michigan eLibrary

9. Search Strategies

Introduction

Your teacher has asked you to find the most reliable sources to visit and
to conduct your own research on the U.S. Constitution.

First, you will visit the Michigan eLibrary to do your research on the
U.S. Constitution. Note: If you live in a state other than Michigan, check your State, Public or School Library for the same or similar databases to complete the steps below. 


Key Vocabulary

Boolean logic: Boolean logic refers to a system of logical thought developed by
the English mathematician and computer pioneer, George Boole (1815-64)
and is used when searching on the Internet.

Branch: The division of government is divided into executive, legislative,
and judicial branches.


I Can Statements

  • find the most reliable resources to use when I do research
  • use an online database (like those in mel.org)
  • use an online dictionary to look up definitions
  • use a search engine
  • filter and narrow down results using Boolean Logic

Steps
 

1. Watch the video below on how to use Michigan eLibrary.

2. Next let's learn how to a proper search so that when you search
the databases in mel.org you are finding the most appropriate
information without spending too much time on your search.                          


 

Boolean Logic

3. Watch this video 

 

to help you learn how to use Boolean logic to narrow down
your search.

Check out this interactive tutorial on how to use and/or/not to
refine your searches.

InfoTrac Student Edition

4. Go to mel.org and click on Databases to quickly find InfoTrac Student Edition.

5. Go to the InfoTrac Student database and using the Advanced Search
type in U.S. Constitution and branches.

      Infotrac        

6. Using the resources you found, answer the following questions
using a word processing document.

  • What three branches were created by the Constitution?
  • Which branch of government makes the country's laws?
  • In which branch would legal disputes be settled?

Dictionary.com

7. Next go to Dictionary.com to look up and listen to the definitions
of the following words and write the correct definition as it relates
to the U.S. Constitution in your document. 

  • ratify
  • amendment
  • assemble

8. Reread the definitions of assemble.

Britannica School

9. Go to Britannica School in Michigan eLibrary and find images to depict
both meanings of the word assemble.

10. Copy or screenshot the two images as well as the picture title and
caption into your document. Save your document in your File Space.

Completing this Quest

After you have searched mel.org, used Dictionary.com and
completed your assignments you are ready for the next Quest. 


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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources
c. curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts or solving authentic problems

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience