Researching National Parks


Mastery Objective:  You will be able to locate, evaluate, and apply information from online databases, books and credible websites to complete the national parks project and students will be able to properly cite information.



Facts on File Database - Science Online

EBSCO Student Research Center -- Magazines, newspapers, journals


Books - Lenape Book Catalog



Use only Valid and Reliable Websites (NOT Wikipedia - AVOID WIKIPEDIA).

How do you know if the website is valid and credible?

AUTHORITY - Look at who designed the site and the purpose for creating the site. Is it a respectable museum or agency or university/college department? Or is it an unknown, random individual? See if the author can be trusted.
ACCURACY - Does the site appear accurate? Does the information look similar to info found in the databases or books?
OBJECTIVITY - Is the page free from bias? Is its intent to be factual?
CURRENCY - When was the site last updated? Is it current?
COVERAGE - Does it provide in-depth coverage?

National Parks Service 

VERY IMPORTANT!! Always properly cite all references. If you do not cite, then you are stealing that work. Includes images, websites, ideas, EVERYTHING!!

Complete bibliographic information about each source must be included in works cited.

What should be cited? ALL ideas, opinions, statements, etc. that are not your own must be cited. All formats (images, photographs, music, film, books, internet sites, interviews, etc.) must be cited.

**When in doubt, provide a citation** It is better to cite too much than too little!!!!!

Lenape Media Center RESEARCH TIPS page (IMPORTANT LINK!) 

REMEMBER -- Give CREDIT to EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING and properly cite all references. ANY QUESTIONS -- PLEASE ASK MS. FAUVER or MS. GAFFNEY in the media center.

It will create the citation/reference for you!!! Very easy - just enter the information and it will put it in proper format. 



Last updated March 22, 2012 by Ms. Fauver for Ms. Pallis' classes at Lenape High School.