• Research Plansbiography

    In the Library:

    1. Use Destiny to find a book about your biographee.
    2. Look up your biographee in the encyclopedia.
    3. Look in a collective biography related to your biographee. (Ask Mrs. S. for help.)


    1. Look up your subject in Grolier.
    2. Look up your subject in Brittanica Online.
    3. Use Webpath Express  to find a reliable website about your biographee.  Type his or her name in and click search.
    4. Look up your biographee in the Encyclopedia of World Biography.
    5. Use Bartleby.com to find quotations by or about your biographee.
    Research Strategies:
    • Follow the research process:
      • Find your information- Find something to read.
      • Read your information with your pencil down- Read all of the information top to bottom, left to right, whole sentences and paragraphs.  Do not skim!
      • Check for understanding- If you don't understand what you read then re-read, ask for help, or find a different source.
      • Write down the things you want to remember- Do not copy whole sentences or thoughts.  Write short 2 or 3 word phrases, important dates, and names of people or places.
    • Look for appendices such as time lines and fact boxes.  These can give you a quick overview of the person's life and help you focus as you read.
    • If you have a list of questions, don't worry about answering your questions in order.  Skim your questions to get an idea of what you're looking for.  After you've finished reading, write down the things that you want to remember near the questions to which they apply.
    • Use many sources.  This will allow you to see ideas and events that keep repeating. Write down the names of the sources that you use.
    • If you're looking for a quote, skim for quotation marks, read picture captions and look for writing in italics (sometimes these are letters.)
      • Remember, quotes aren't always spoken, sometimes they're written. 
      • If you find quotation marks make sure that you go back several paragraphs to see who said what, and in what context.
      • Don't settle on the first quote that you find.  Look for a quote that is a good example of his or her role in the history.
Last Modified on May 17, 2012