If you are not familiar with the subject, start by using an encyclopedia to learn more about the subject. There is a link on this page to Britannica Online. You will need a valid Toronto Public Library card to access it. After you have learned a bit more about the topic, think of other words that you can use to find more information about the topic.
It’s important that you find information that is accurate and current. If your teacher suggests using multiple resources, consider using resources in different formats (books, news articles, etc.). Here are some places where you can find resources:
If you decide to use the Internet, you’ll have to find reliable information. Here are some things to consider:
When writing a paper, it is important to be concise. Structure the paper in a way that is easy to read. Some suggestions include using:
If you are sourcing a quote, it’s important that you use a footnote to show where you took the quote from.
Your teacher may also ask you for a bibliography (a list of resources you used to write your paper).
In addition to your paper, your teacher may also ask you to present your research to the class. In this case, you will likely need to prepare presentation slides. Avoid using clip-art. For the presentation slides, aim to have less text on the slides by only including main points. Use visuals such as graphs/charts and relevant images to support your research.