Research Tools

Your Research Journey Starts Here...

When you are in the high school, the link below will take you directly to the tools you need. If you are working from home, you will need a username and password. I have emailed these to your school Gmail account. Search your email for "Database Login" and you will find the information you need. You can also stop by the library and I will provide the information for you:)

Click here to access your EBSCO Research Tools!

Research Paper: Where Do I Start???

Below you will find links that will help you select the best online information resources when researching online. The Internet is an amazing tool to help you research any imaginable topic but if you get your information from questionable sources, you really haven't learned anything at all.

The CRAAP Test Rubric (Lamar State College-Orange).

Webpage/ Website Evaluation Checklist


Works Cited/Bibliography Rubric, Grade 9-12

APA or MLA? Which should you use and why? Fortunately, selecting between the APA format and the MLA format styles is probably the least stressful aspect of writing a paper. Often your teacher will dictate the writing format with the assignment. If your teacher doesn’t, the focus of the paper often does.

APA (American Psychological Association) format is primarily assigned to writing in the fields social sciences: psychology, sociology, nursing, social work, criminology, and business. 

MLA (Modern Language Association) is the format of choice for the humanities: literature, language, history, philosophy, the arts, and religion.

EasyBib: quick and easy way to find the proper way to cite almost anything!

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab): Easiest to use, great explanations of style formatting.

MLA 7 Research Paper Template: Open and "Make a copy" in your drive and you are ready to go!

Video Tutorial: Using EasyBib to Create your Citations

Video Tutorial: In Depth-In-Text Citations-How to Create Them/Lots of Examples

Video Tutorial: Introduction to In-Text Citations- What are they and how do I use them?

Video Tutorial: Formatting MLA 8 Works Cited

Video Tutorial: Using Google Scholar to Cite MLA, APA, Chicago Style

Video Tutorial: Informative Essay


APA Format for Papers:

APA, 6th Edition BASIC Sample Paper Template for Google Docs

Other Research Tools and Information:

MTCIS-Montana Career Information Services: Comprehensive career database providing skills assessment, specific job info, preparation, skills, outlook, demand, salary, etc.), links to education, training and more.

CIA World Fact BookProvides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

*Genealogy Family Tree Maker Template*