Research Do’s and Don’ts

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Looking for a specific book in our media center? You can access our media center online card catalog from any computer or device.  Just click here to access Destiny – our school and district online card catalog.  You can find any book you are looking for in our school library or any other school library in our district!

Electronic resources

We have recently acquired several Gale Databases to our electronic resources collection!  Click on the icon below for excellent sources available to ALL our students.  You may access these databases at school AND at home!  See Mrs. Milian for the password to access from home!


We have also purchased a subscription to JSTOR, which many universities utilize for their students.  Please see Mrs. Milian for the username and password!

Username: allendnease (case sensitive)                      jstor logo

Password: panthers (case sensitive)

These are some FREE electronic resources/databases available for all our students as they conduct academic and scholarly research.
St. Johns County Public Library (you must have a valid public library card to have access to their many databases and electronic books and resources)
The Florida Electronic Library– search through several databases for books, magazines, articles, newspapers, and more.  ALL FREE!
Google Scholar   Instead of “Google”, Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Fifty States and Fifty Fun Facts             50States

United States Census Bureau             


When using websites, follow the 5ws of website evaluation created by Kathy Schrock.  She REALLY knows what she’s talking about!  girl-smiley-faceDon’t use web sites that have:
Incorrect spelling and incorrect information!
Don’t use web sites that have a tilde ~ in the URL (these are most often posted by a college student. For example:
**Be careful when using Wikipedia! This information can be edited by other users.


These are most of the URL endings you will find throughout your online research:

• .gov = Government Web Site
• .edu = Educational Web Site
• .org = Special Interest Groups (intended for non profit groups)
• .com .net .biz = Commercial Web Sites (use these with caution)
• .name = Personal Web Site (Do Not Use!)

Bibliography/Works Cited/Resources
In your paper, you must credit all the sources from which you gathered your information to avoid plagiarism. This is called citing your sources.

At the end of your paper or your project you will have a Works Cited page. This will list all the resources, both print and electronic, that you used for your research.

Your Bibliography for a book MUST include:
Authors last name, Authors first name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Name of Publisher, Year of Publication

Your Bibliography for a Encyclopedia MUST include:
Author of Article (last name, first name if given).“Title of Article.” Title of Book. Volume number and edition, if given. City of Publication: Publisher, Year

Your Bibliography for a Web Site MUST include:
Author last name (if given), Author’s first name (if given). “Title of Article or web page.”
Internet: < Internet Address> Date you found the information

Two great tools that will help ease your mind for creating your “Works Cited” page, no matter what format you use:


And finally…..PLEASE be careful when you’re typing your paper, and don’t plagiarize!
Say it in your own words!
Put quotation marks around someone’s words when you copy them directly into your paper.

Here are 2 short, very informative little videos that will help you understand whether or not you are plagiarizing and how to avoid it.