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DMS_Research Course_Historical Biography_Rota: Step 3: Location and Access

Locating & finding

You might be asking yourself "did I pick the right person?" Remember, your librarian is always here to help you when you reach a dead end. Follow Step 3 to get an idea of where information sources are and how to find information inside of them. 


Where can I find information INSIDE the resources?

In a book:

  • Use the Table of Contents in a book to guide you to the correct chapter
  • Use the index in a book and search for your keywords
  • Check out visuals in the book and their captions

In an electronic resource:

  • Use the Table of Contents to guide you to the correct section
  • Click on the hyperlinks and see where they go

Step 3: Location and access

 Get up and get moving! It's time to zero in and take a deeper look at your topic. You will be looking for books, videos, internet sites, anything that will give your information on your person. Here are the sources Ms. Rota is requiring you to use: 

  1. Book source 
  2. Destiny Webpath
  3. Destiny One Search
  4. Print source (optional) 
  5. Non-print source (optional)
  6. Internet source (optional)

Always RADCAB when internet surfing!


Destiny @ Northdale Middle School

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Advanced Search

Destiny WebPath Express

Destiny One Search

Searching using boolean

World Book Encyclopedia Online

Google basic searching

How to search on Google

Tip 1: Keep it simple
Add a few descriptive words if necessary.Tired of typing? If you’re using Google Chrome, click the  microphone icon in the search box and search by voice.

Tip 2: Use web friendly words

Use words that are most likely to appear on websites. For example, instead of saying my head hurts, say headache, because that’s the term a medical site would use.

Tip 3: Don’t worry about the little things

  • Spelling. Google's spell checker automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word
  • Capital letters. A search for new york times is the same as a search for New York Times.
  • Punctuation. Most punctuation, like ?!,.%^*()[]\,, is ignored when you search.

Tip 4: Find quick answers

For many searches, Google will do the work for you and display an answer right on the search results page immediately after you type it. Try some of the searches below either by typing or searching by voice:

  • Weather. Search for weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name after weather to find weather in that area. T
  • Dictionary. Put define in front of any word. Try it out: define loquacious
  • Calculations. Enter a math equation to see the answer, along with a calculator to solve more problems, even graphing equations. Try it out: 3*9123
  • Unit conversions. Enter any conversion, like measurement or speed. Try it out: 3 dollars in euros
  • Sports. Search for the name of your team to see a schedule, game scores and more. Try it out: real madrid
  • Quick facts. Search for the name of a celebrity, location, movie, or song, and see quick information on the right side of the page. You can get all kinds of fast facts, photos, and other info using the knowledge graph. Try it out: albert einstein

Tip 5: Become a search expert

Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro? Check out the links below to learn more advanced search techniques.