• Locating Print Sources

    A.  Start your search for print sources by looking for relevant books. It may be that books have been pulled from the shelves already for you. If so, skip directly to Step B below.  If not, you may need to use OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) as described below to find book sources. 

    o  Go to main the "Jr./Sr. High School Library" web page.
    o  Scroll part way down the page until you see the link for OPAC.  Click on that link.
    o  You can search by title, author, subject, keyword, etc. The default is an "anywhere" search which means that the database will search everywhere in the books' records for your search terms. You can leave it set on the "anywhere" search unless you know exactly what you are looking for.
     · Search terms from your keyword chart! That is what it is for!  · You may also want to get a little broader. The library may not have a book specifically on  Brown vs. Board of Education, for example, but it may have several books on landmark court cases, The Civil Rights Movement, or segregation. Books on any of these subjects are  likely to contain a section on Brown vs. Board of Education. (This is why spending some time gathering background information is important!) If you scroll through the records, you may see your topic mentioned. However, the only way you will know for sure is to get the book from the shelf and check out the table of contents and index. 
    · If multiple books look relevant to you, click the box in the record that says “Add to my book bag.”  When you have finished, you can click the “My Book Bag” button on the upper right and print out only the records you need.
    ·  Locate the books on the shelves by using the call number.



    B.  Use the table of contents and the index. Locate relevant information in your books by looking up words from your keyword chart in the table of contents and the index.

    o  Skim the chapters and/or pages noted in the table of contents and the index
    o  When you find relevant information, make photocopies of ONLY THE PAGES THAT YOU NEED
    o Make a photocopy of the title page of the book. When you have the title page copied, look at the back of the title page in the book, and write the publication date on the copy of  the title page. That way you can have a record of the information that you need for the works cited entry and still feel good about your conservation skills!  
    o  Repeat this process until you have located and photocopied pages from several good books. Make  sure that you have MORE print sources than is required so that if one doesn’t work out for you after all, you still have others to use in the paper.



     C.  Read and mark up the copies. Use a highlighter and a pen/pencil to take notes directly on the photocopies.


     o  Use your highlighter judiciously to highlight relevant pieces of text including definitions, examples, etc.  Don’t simply color the page!


    o  Use tabbing (Write a keyword or two that summarizes each paragraph in the margin beside the paragraph).



    Before you move from the Step 2/Step 3 Cycle, be sure that you have:
    o   Photocopied relevant pages from MORE print sources than you are required to use in the paper.

    o  Photocopied the title pages from those books and written the publication date on the photocopies.
    o  Read and taken notes directly on the photocopies.