Research Tools

​As we use and produce information, it is extremely important for each of us to ensure that we are accessing reliable sources, using that information properly (without plagiarizing), and giving proper credit those sources.  The links below will help you in your research process.
Also, don't forget about the Big6 Research Steps - click on the tab under Research Tools on the left for more details.
Click here for a Research Tools Guide.

NoodleToolsTop of Page

Click here to access online software to help you cite your sources and organize your work with online note cards.

researchIT CT (Formerly ICONN)Top of Page

Click here to get to researchIT CT (formerly known as ICONN) - an incredible resource provided by the state of Connecticut allowing students access to reliable information at various reading levels through a number of databases.  (If accessing from home, you must provide your CT Library card number. Try This is no longer an option).
Click here for descriptions of the various databases available.

ICONN OneSearch Video TutorialTop of Page

ImagesTop of Page

Pics for Learning - Copyright friendly images for students.  Don't forget - they still need to be cited in NoodleTools!


Student Friendly WebsitesTop of Page

The Subject Directories below were created to help students find reliable, appropriate websites. 
Great Websites for Kids - The websites are evaluated by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
ipl2- Hosted by Drexel University and maintained by a number of colleges and universities with programs in Information Science.
KidsClick! - Owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University

Don't Forget to use The Big6!!Top of Page

The Big6 is a six step process for solving an information problem.

1. Task Definition
     a. Do you understand the problem/project?
     b.  What information are you going to need?
2. Information Seeking Strategies 
     a. Brainstorm possible sources
     b. Evaluate those sources based on reliability and accessibility and choose the best ones
3. Location and Access   
     a. Locate the actual sources
     b. Find the information in the source
4. Use of Information 
     a. Use the source - read, listen, interview, watch, etc.
     b. Take notes on the relevant information
5. Synthesis   
     a. Organize the information from all of your sources
     b. Prepare your presentation - paper, brochure, multi-media, etc.
6. Evaluation  
     a. Did you include everything you were asked to include?
     b. How did the research process go?  What could you do differently next time? 

Click here for a printable copy of the Big6 steps.

The "Big6™" is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more on Big6, visit:


The following news sites are 'kid friendly' for current events.  They are listed on the American Library Association's Great Websites for Kids site.
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