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CP English 11: Spring Research Expedition

THEME: Selected Book Group Texts, Authors and Themes

This particular research expedition will result in a traditional thesis-based research paper (Competency # 3).

To prepare for this research expedition, you…

  • read and responded to literary work you selected for book groups
  • reviewed the overall structure of the thesis-based research paper
  • reviewed the research process

What are you researching?

You are looking for valid, reliable and accurate sources which offer answers to questions and connections to ideas identified in your responses to your selected book.

Don't forget to "Go with the flow!" As you read through different research sources, you may discover new questions or connections. Follow these ideas and sources wherever they lead.

How will you know if what you find is a good resource?

First, the source must be valid, reliable and accurate. (Although a quick wiki search could lead you to a good source, it will not be acceptable as a resource.)

Sources should be associated with an academic institution or reliable organization (such as CNN, the Library of Congress, The New York Times etc. ...).  If you are unsure of the source, validate it as a resource by comparing it to other sources in a variety of formats.

Lastly, don't forget to look beyond "print" texts (digital or hard copy). Research sources such as podcasts and videos can be great resources.

Resources for Research: 

Mrs. Juster's Virtual Classroom: Literary Periods

LHS's Library Media Center: Databases 

Research Tools (including help with Noodletools)


What should I do once I find what I want?

To begin, do this:

  • Log-in to
  • Create a New Project
  • Select MLA citation style
  • Select Advanced citation level
  • Name this project: "Your Name- Spring Research"
  • Leave "Research Question" and "Thesis Statement" blank for now.
  • Share with Mrs. Juster's Drop Box. (Enter our class period in quotes followed by Spring Research Expedition- 2017)

 For each source, do this:

  • Click on "Works Cited" and create a citation for your source.
  • Read your source and complete one Noodle-Tools  "Note Card" as you do so. Complete the following parts of the "Note Card": 
    • TITLE (Main Idea) - Giving this note card a name will help you organize this information   
    • PARAPHRASE OR SUMMARY - Briefly summarize what this source is about. (You can bullet this if you'd like.)   
    • DIRECT QUOTATION- Copy/paste interesting passages directly from your source  into your "Note Card". 
    • MY IDEAS - Bullet questions, connections and/or comments that occurred to you as you read this source.

Remember, you'll need a total of three sources to complete this research expedition.