Middle School Library

Research Resources

Research Resources

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  • 4th Grade States Project Resources

    Here are recommended resources for 4th grade States Tour Guide Project:

    Where to Find Copyright Free Images

    • Google Image Search - click on Tools and change to Labeled for Reuse or Labeled for Reuse and Modification 
    • Wikimedia Commons - still check to see if you have the rights to share

    Sample Presentation Slide Show

    Sample Presentation Script

    Books in the Library

    • What's Great About... ! series
    • Individual Titles on Specific States or Cities
    Database and Online Encyclopedia


    • Official State Website
    • Official State Tourism Website
    • 50States.com
  • 5th Grade- Museum of Cities project

    Use the following Encyclopedia databases for resources:

    World Book 

    Britannica Academic
  • 6th Grade Graph Project Online Resources


    Do not settle on a single topic right away.  Explore the resources with a few different topics in mind.  
    The most difficult data to find will probably be the "trend" data (for a line graph.)  Try locating that information first.  If you cannot satisfy that requirement, consider change or modify your topic.


    Here are some keywords that you might find useful when trying to locate information via a search engine:
    statistics, almanac, facts, fact sheet, trend, yearly, quarterly, annual, annual report, survey, poll, organization(s), association(s), records, union(s)


    Boolean Operators - AND, OR, NOT (in Google, AND is implied; OR can be used; and NOT is represented as a minus - sign), and "QUOTATION MARKS" (Phrase search.)
    Sample Search String: thor "opening day" sales -"the dark world"

    Search for specific companies for sales figures, employee trends, comparison charts of different companies, and information without specific industries. 


  • 6th Grade Greek Festival Monologue

    Dalton Library’s Online Discovery Service
    An Advanced How-To Guide
    for 6th Grade Greek Myth Monologues
    How to get to the Dalton Library Discovery Service

    Navigate to http://library.dalton.org, choose Middle School Library, and click on Search the Catalog.

    Now you are ready to conduct your searches!

    How to effectively utilize Dalton Library Discovery Service
    Start with a broad and simple search of your character. 
    If your result contains a Research Starter, you should definitely read it in its entirety and also click on links to other articles about connected characters or events.

    If you see that some of the results are not really on target, you should use BOOLEAN OPERATORS (AND, OR, NOT, "") to fine tune your searches.

    Further limit your search results by using the limiters on the sidebar.  One useful option is to limit your results by Publication.  

    The following publications are very useful for the 6th Grade Greek Mythology Monologue Project:

    • Salem Press Encyclopedia
    • Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature
    • Britannica Encyclopedia
    • Britannica Online
    • The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (1 ed.)
    • The Oxford Companion to World Mythology
    • The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)  
    • Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
    • Who's Who in the Classical World
    • Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition.
    • A Dictionary of World Mythology

    These are some Web Sites that you can use.  Don't forget the site:search command in Google!
  • 8th Grade History Paper Resources

  • Middle School Science / Wellness Databases

  • Research the T.I.G.E.R. Way!

    At Dalton, we use The T.I.G.E.R. Research Process when conducting Researches. 

    T = Topic Questioning
    This is a period of time that is set aside to brainstorm ideas and ask the big questions to give the research a focus -- in groups or by individual students. 

    I = Identify and Evaluate Resources
    Each researcher has to both identify the relevant sources and also evaluate such sources for their validity, authority, and timeliness.

    G = Gather and Cite Information
    This is the phase of reading, watching, listening, note-taking, source-recording, etc.

    E = Express your learning!
    The researcher synthesizes and organizes all the gathered and verified information for the final product: be it a paper, a documentary film, or any other kind of project.

    R = Reflect and Revise
    The researcher revisits various stages of the research process to refine and revise the final product.  The researcher also evaluates the process and notes points of improvement for future research projects. 
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