Tips for researching

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  1. Know what you are looking for? Have a good look at your project question and underline the key words so that you know exactly what it is that you are looking for.
    For example if you are doing a project on gold you might need to find out about the gold rush, or what gold is, or how it is mined or what it is used for.
  2. Think of all the words that could apply to your project. Synonyms, different spellings or equivalent words can all be used. What words are similar, what words are broader or narrower.
    For example, if the phrase 'atomic power plants' is not found try 'nuclear power plants'.
  3. Look in an encyclopaedia. Encyclopaedias are the fastest way to get lots information on your project and it may give you ideas on structuring your project and more terms to look up.
  4. Look in the catalogue to find books for your project. For example, did you know that books on Antarctic can be in at least three different places?
    1. The Geography section (Dewey decimal number 919) if the book is mostly about what the Antarctica is like,
    2. or the Science section (Dewey decimal number 577) if it is about plants and animals that live in polar regions,
    3. or the Explorers section (Dewey decimal number 910 or 994) if the book is mostly about the people that discovered and explored Antarctica.
  5. So, you need to look in all of these places on the catalogue and in the library to make sure you get everything you can on your topic.