Reference Desk


The Very Best place to start is at MMS Media Center

Get Your questions answered!


When Citing Sources

use Citation Maker

Remember these tips:

Text: 10% or 1000 words

Poems: 250 words

5 poems from anthology

3 poems per poet

Video: 10% or 3 mins

Illustrations: 5 per artist or photography

Music: 10% or 30 secs.

Research Process (Big6)

  1. 1. Task Definition

Define the problem.

Identify the Information needed.

  1. 2.Information Seeking Strategies

Determine and Evaluate Resources.  Brainstorm all possible sources.  Select the best sources for the assignment.

  1. 3.Location and Access

Locate sources.  Find Information within sources.

  1. 4.Use of Information

Examine information and Extract Information.

  1. 5.Synthesis:

Organize and Present Information

  1. 6.Evaluation

Judge the results and the process

Dewey Decimal System

Call Numbers

Call numbers are located on the spine of the book

000-099: General Works

100-199: Philosophy & Psychology

200-299: Religion

300-399: Social Sciences

400-499: Language

500-599: Science

600-699: Technology

700-799: Arts & Recreation

800-899: Literature

900-999: History & Geography

Classroom Links:

Fun Educational Links...





Who wrote the pages and are they an expert? Is a biography of the author included? How can I find out more about the author?


What does the author say is the purpose of the site? What else might the author have in mind for the site? What makes the site easy to use? What information is included and does this information differ from other sites?


When was the site created? When was the site last updated?


Where does the information come from? Where can I look to find out more about the sponsor of the site?


Why is this information useful for my purpose? Why should I use this information? Why is this page better than another?

Handout by Kathy Schrock

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What if YOU want to pool your results from more than one search engine? Like...Yahoo, AskJeeves or Bing? That's where these 15 metasearch engines come in.

Beaucoup- 2,000+ Search Engines, Indices and Directories

Brain Boost- this is an answer engine rather than a search engine. What that means is that "Brainboost actually finds answers to your questions posed in plain English as opposed to directing you to pages that simply mention the questions.”

Dogpile- search Google, Yahoo!, MSN, Ask, images, white and yellow pages.

iTools- search the following all at once: Bing, Blekko, DuckDuckGo, AskJeeves, Google Blog Search, Google Scholar, Topics, Yahoo!, Open Directory, Wolfram Alpha PLUS people searches, Twitter searches, biographies and lots more!

Ixquick- they say they are the "world's most private search engine"

KartOO- KartOO is a metasearch engine with visual display interfaces. When you click on OK, KartOO launches the query to a set of search engines, gathers the results, compiles them and represents them in a series of interactive maps through a proprietary algorithm.

Mamma- "the mother of all search engines".

Metacrawler- search Google, Yahoo!, MSN and Ask all at once

Meta Search Engine- search over 25, including Kayak, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Pandia- searches Google, Yahoo!, AlltheWeb,, Wisenut and more

qksearch- "world's only 3-in-1 search engine": clustering, blended or split search

Turboscout- "access all search engines without retyping" 

Webscout- find the net's best websites



Some great Research Tools for both Teachers and Students.