Skills Skills Research Glossary  
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Research Vocabulary Definition
assumptions Ideas or statements that are not based on proven facts.
bibliography A list of sources where you found information when doing research (usually sources are listed on the last page of your report). Also known as Works Cited.
Boolean Operators

The words and, or, and not used in search queries.

 When search terms are combined with and, the search results contain only those items that include all the terms. When or is used, the results include items that contain any one of the terms. Not is used to exclude items containing a term.
brainstorm An activity where you make a note of anything that comes into your mind. Use this to make connections, find solutions, and make decisions.
browser A computer program that lets you find and look through Web pages or other data.
call number A combination of letters and numbers that is used to show where a book is located in a library.
catalog A list of records that represent the holdings of a library or group of libraries.
citation The entry in a Works Cited or Resource list that gives credit to the source.
citing Giving credit to the source of a fact, quote, or other information.
comparison To look for both similarities and differences between things.
conclusion A judgment  made at the end of careful study and thought.
copyright A right that protects the creator of a writing, song, artwork or other creative expression from having their works copied.
create To make something that hasn’t been done before.
credible Something that you can believe because it  is reliable.
cyberbully Bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures or videos.
cyberspace The online world of computer networks and especially the Internet
database A large collection of information that is organized and used on a computer
digital A form of communication that utilizes electronic and computer technology
digital citizenship Ability to use technology safely, responsibly, critically, and pro-actively to contribute to society. 
documents Text (on paper or saved electronically) that gives information or proof of something.
dropdown menu A menu of commands or options that appears when you select an item with a mouse.
e-book Electronic version of a book that can be read on computer or mobile device.
ethical Behavior that follows accepted rules of conduct and demonstrates respect for others; doing the right thing.
evaluate Make judgments about what I read and explain why.
examine To look at or check carefully.
fact A true piece of information.
file A collection of data or information that has a name that is stored on computer.
glossary A list of the hard or unusual words found in a book, website, ebook, etc.
graphic organizer A visual representation that helps organize information and show relationships between ideas.
hardware Refers to objects that you can actually touch, like thumb drives, display screens, keyboards,  mice and printers.
highlighting Marking words with brightly colored ink to make them stand out on the page.
hit A Web site that is displayed as the result of a search.
hyperlink References to Web pages that the reader can directly follow by clicking on them; also called links.

A list in the back of some books of subjects in alphabetical order (with page numbers where the subjects can be found).

information The knowledge that you get about something or someone; the facts or details about something
inquiry The act of asking questions in order to gather or collect information.
Internet The electronic network that allows millions of computers around the world to connect together.
judge To make up someone’s mind; to form an opinion or guess about.
key words Important words; they will help you find information in an index or search engine.
link A webpage that is connected to another webpage that can give more information on topic. Usually shown through underlined or different color text.
menu A list of options that you can choose.
navigate To find one’s way around or move through.
network A system of things that are connected to each other.
note taking Tthe process of writing down or collecting important information and organizing it in a way that is helpful for later use.
organize To put together in a systematic plan.
outline A plan or outline of information that only gives most important pieces of information.
password A special word or combination of letters or numbers that is known only to you that allows you access to website. Used with a username.
peer review Where your peers (other students in your class) review your work to give suggestions and feedback.
plagiarism To take someone’s work and claim it as your own.
plan A way to do something that has been decided on, or worked out beforehand.
present To offer for observation, examination, or consideration a show or display.
primary sources Original documents, objects, and other items that were created at the time being studied and that come directly from witnesses to the event or historical period.
process A set of actions in a specific order.
produce To create something.
product Work that is done as a result of effort.
publish Make information and/or final product available for your peers to view.
questioning Ask questions to understand what I'm reading.
reliable sources Well-researched sources of information that are written by experts, have been reviewed by other experts in the field, and are usually current, depending on the topic.
research A careful study that is done to find and report new knowledge about something.
resource Something that helps you by providing what you need.
result page The screen showing what a search site found in response to your keyword search.
retell To tell again especially in a new way.
rubric A method for judging how well you do something.
search engine A computer program that will help you find words or information you request.
secondary source An account or record of the past that was created after an event or historical period.
share To talk about something with a group of people
skim and scan To look across a resource quickly to determine if it includes useful information.
snippet Words that appear in search results that describe a Web site.
software The programs and related information used by a computer.
source(s) A person, book, website or some other thing from where people get information or facts.
strategies Tools or clever plans that help you reach your goal.
subject directory A collection of Web sites gathered and organized by people, not computers.
subtopics More specific topics in a subject director.
synonyms Two or more words with the same meaning or nearly the same meaning, commonly used as keywords.
synthesize Put the pieces together to see them in a new way.
task Work to be done.
text features

A detail that the author uses to add meaning to text.Examples: Bold, Italics, underline.


A website address (usually looks like this: stands for Universal Resource Locator, a fancy of way of saying “Web address.”

user name How you are identified on the internet (used with a password)
web site evaluation The process of analyzing a Web site in order to make informed judgments on its accuracy, purpose, and other factors.
webpage Iis one page of a website.
website A collection of  web pages that belong together.

A Website that allows users to add and edit content and information.

works cited A list of sources from which quotes or information is used in a report or other project. Can also be called bibliography.
World Wide Web The internet where billions of computers are connected also referred to as www.