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How did Policy Become Reality?

Strategies for Internet Research







Step 1: Brainstorm your resources


  • library subscription databases (EBSCO Host & ABC-CLIO)

  • library search engine (netTrekker)


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Step 2: Identify key terms


What are the most important words about this topic? Type those words in the search boxes when looking for articles during your research.




Step 3: Begin the search EBSCO_Host.gif

  • From the Round Rock High School Library home page (http://teacherweb.com/TX/RoundRockHighSchool/Library/apt9.stm), click on the link for Online Databases (http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=2447).

  • Click on EBSCO Host

  • Click on EBSCOHost Web

  • Choose which databases you want to search (for this project, I would suggest clicking on all the Law/Political Science Databases)

  • Click continue

  • Enter your search terms in the search box (Ex: USA Patriot Act)

  • Make sure that in the Limit your results section, Full Text is checked

  • Choose HTML Full Text to see the article as a web page. Choose PDF Full Text to see the document as a photocopy of the magazine/journal page

  • To cite your source, go to the Tools menu on the right-hand side of the page and click Cite. Copy and paste the MLA version.





Step 3: Begin the search ABC-CLIO.jpg

Next, you can do one of two things: 1) if you already know your topic, then you can type the keywords in the search box, or 2) if you do not know your topic, you can browse topics in the Database Links box under Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society


1) If you already know your topic:

  • Enter your search terms in the search box and click Go

  • The system will return results for you from several databases. You'll need to click on a link to go to a database to view the results.

  • To view an article, click on the blue title

  • To cite your source, click on Cite This Document in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Copy and paste the APA format into your Works Cited page.

2) If you do not know your topic:

  • Go to the Database Links box and click on Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

  • The system will bring up a Topic of the Day, but if you want to see an alphabetical list, then click on the blue link for See More Issues on the top left-hand corner of the screen

  • To visit a topic, click on the word

  • You can find more detailed information by click on anything on the left-side menu called Issues

  • To cite your source, click on the Cite This Document in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Copy and paste the MLA format into your Works Cited page.


Step 3: Begin the search NetTrekker.jpg

  • From the Round Rock High School Library home page (http://teacherweb.com/TX/RoundRockHighSchool/Library/apt9.stm), click on the link for Online Databases (http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=2447).

  • Click on netTrekker

  • Enter your search terms where it says Enter a keyword phrase

  • Click Search

  • Hits are listed 8 websites to a page. Each site has the following information: title, URL, summary, subject links, overall rating, and readability level

    • Title = the name of the site

    • URL = the address on the web

    • Summary = information you can find on the site

    • Subject links = related topics; click on these to find more specific/more general information related to your topic

    • Overall rating = rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest)

    • Readability level = Level 1 (Grade 1-3); Level 2 (Grade 4-6); Level 3 (Grade7-8); Level 4 (Grade 9-10); Level 5 (Grade 11-12); NA (Not Applicable)

  • To open a website, click on the linked title

  • To cite your source using the MLA format, fill in the blanks for the following format:

    • Author's name. Title of web page. Title of web site. Publishing organization, Date published or last revised. Medium. Date Retrieved. <Web URL>.

    • Skip any information that isn't available

    • Example: "Changing Immigration Policy." PBS. MacNeil-Lehrer Productions , 12 DEC 2001. Web. 11 Nov 2010. <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/july-dec01/immigration.html>.

    • Or you can use this site to help you: Son of Citation Machine. All you have to do is plug in the information, then copy and paste it.