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Posted by **caitlyn** on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 3:02am.

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**Writeacher**, Monday, January 30, 2012 at 7:23amResearching --

You may have to search and re**search**, but once you learn some good sources and methods, you should have success.**In addition to searching on the Internet, you also need to make best friends with the reference librarian(s) in your local or college library.**Libraries these days subscribe to enormous research databases, and they are often more useful than Internet searches. Ask your librarian if you have access to EBSCOHost -- it has several databases within it, including a huge one for academic research.

For Internet searching:

http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/

At this webpage, you can go immediately to the search sites (first three columns across the top) -- or**even better**you can scroll down until you see the section called**HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET**. Those are the links to start with. You'll not only learn how to come up with good search terms, but also how to evaluate the webpages you get as results. Some will be good and others will be garbage. You need to know how to tell the difference.

My favorite way to search is to go to Google's advanced search page http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en and put my search words or phrases into the first or second search box (either "all the words" or "exact phrase"). Another is to start out at http://scholar.google.com. However, there many other strategies for searching you can use, and the**HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET**section will help you best.

Learning to use Google or other search engines can save you time and help you learn to find information efficiently. Here are some websites that can teach you how:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html

http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/searchtips.html

http://www.pandia.com/goalgetter/index.html

http://websearch.about.com/mbody.htm?once=true&COB=home&PM=112_100_T

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Follow the writing process, whether you're writing for science, history, English, or whatever:

__Prewriting__: Brainstorm, research, plan, outline, thesis statement

__Writing__: Write first draft by starting with section II of your outline; write the introduction**after**the body of the paper is written; write the conclusion last.

__Polishing__: Revise, concentrating first on the body of the paper, then the intro, then the concl (revision = making sure ideas are logical and sequential and support your thesis); proofread (spelling, grammar, usage, etc.)

Do you have a thesis yet? Have you done your brainstorming (and maybe research) yet? Have you written an outline?

http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/catalogue.html#org

from http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/catalogue.html

http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess/

http://www.ipl.org/div/aplus/

Click on Step by Step for the process. Click on Info Search for help with researching.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Check in the Essay & Research Paper Level.

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, January 30, 2012 at 10:43amI assume you mean

**Louis Pasteur**. Your research will be easier if you spell the key terms correctly.

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