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Skill 1: Search the information landscape to identify resources.

It is time to begin digging for information about your research topic. Start by exploring your information landsacape. Your information landscape includes all the information resources that are available to you in school, at home, or online. You will need to search, browse, skim and scan to help you decide which resources include the kind of information you need. Use an inquiry log to make a list of possible sources to look at more closely in the Discover step.
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Getting Around Online

Use this eBook to learn all about:

  • Searching for Answers
  • Using Keywords
  • Understanding results
  • Narrowing Your Search
  • Using Subject Directories
  Find Out Firsthand Use this eBook to learn all about using primary sources. Primary sources are items that were created at a certain time in history.
k-2 tools inquiry log Use an Inquiry Log like this one to keep track of the resources you find as you begin to dig for information about your topic.

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America the Beautiful ES
 
destiny quest Destiny Quest
Use your Destiny library catalog to look for books, eBooks, or Web sites about your topic. Your librarian or teacher might have created a Resource List for this research project. Or, try using Visual Search.
 
Databases K-6
The databases below are found on our BCPS Digital Content menu. Decide which one might lead you to information about your research topic.
 
BrainPop Jr
Our BrainPop Jr. database might have a video about your research topic.
 
nettrecker
Your librarian or teacher can show you how to use netTrekker to search for Web sites about your topic, at your reading level.
 
Pebblego Pebblego Pebble Go

Try our PebbleGo database if your research topic has to do with Animals, Earth and Space, or Social Studies.

 
TumbleBooks Library TumbleBooks Library
World Book Kids
TumbleBooks Library is a database that includes nonfiction eBooks about: Science, History, Animals, Geography, Biography, Insects, and Seasons. You can also find National Geographic videos about many different topics.  
 
World Book Kids
World Book Kids
World Book Kids is an online encyclopedia that include articles, pictures, and more about a wide variety of topics. You may also find related Web sites at the bottom of an article.

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inquiry log
Use an Inquiry log like this one to keep track of the resources you find as you begin to dig for information about your topic.

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  Databases K-6 Databases K-6
Databases K-6
Databases K-6
The databases below are found on our BCPS Digital Content menu. Decide which one might lead you to information about your research topic.
  destiny quest Destiny Quest Use your Destiny library catalog to look for books, eBooks, or Web sites about your topic. Your librarian or teacher will teach you how.
 
America the beautiful America the Beautiful ES America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful is a database with information about U.S. states, history, and famous Americans.
  brainpop BrainPopJr BrainPop has videos about a wide variety of topics. Browse the subject index or do a keyword search.
  culturegrans BrainPop Jr CultureGrams Kids Edition has information about countries of the world and U.S. states.
  nettrecker netTrekker Use netTrekker to search for Web sites about your topic. Browse the subject index or do a keyword search. Your librarian or teacher can show you how to look for Web sites that are at your reading level.
  Pebblego Pebblego Try our PebbleGo database if your research topic has to do with Animals, Earth and Space, or Social Studies.
  Safari Montage Safari Montage Use Safari Montage to look for videos about your topic.
  culturegrans BrainPop Jr CultureGrams lets you explore the daily life, history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's countries and people.
  World Book Kids World Book Kids World Book Kids is an online encyclopedia that include articles, pictures, and more about a wide variety of topics. You may also find related Web sites at the bottom of an article.
  Explore NBC Learn to look for videos about your research topic.
Go to the next skill for the Dig step: Evaluate sources to choose the best ones for you and your topic
Teacher Resources

Refer to the Digital Content Snapshots & Support Resources on the ODL Resource wiki for information, tutorials, student and teacher resources for using all BCPS Licensed Digital Content.

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