John Adams

Middle School

6th Gr. Research (Animals Space +People Weather)

Welcome to the 6th Grade Research Page for:
Animals, Space, Positive Influential People, Weather/Natural Disasters

Laika (first dog in space)

Research Resources Page for
Animals - Space - Presidents
P  -  R  -  O  -  J  -  E  -  C  -  T 

>Here are some links to help you with your 6th grade research project.


 STAGE ONE: Early in the Research
 Get the big picture using books and encyclopedia.


Books and Library Catalogs
Does JA have the book you want? Find out here....

JA Library Catalog  (Is it on the traveling carts?)
Rochester Public Library (Visit the downtown library?) (What are the newest books on your topic? 
                        Next, find it in a library or  "search inside" 
                        the book for ideas)


Online Encyclopedia:
Get the big picture, easily, with an Encyclopedia article.
Look for citation help within the article.

  High School Level Encyclopedia Britannica for beginning your research. 

  Worldbook Advanced (higher level) Encyclopedia 


Biography Web Site: an encyclopedia of people.

 Biography dot com   Fairly reliable biography website.
Link to

>Biography in Context (website) 


 STAGE TWO: Adding on to your research.
Know a lot? Find out more with Research Databases.


LARGER Databases:
 Need even more information? After using the encyclopedia, use two or three keywords to search the databases to find more specific articles.  
If you can, select "full text" before your search-- that means the whole article will appear.

  Database of Biographies from GALE 

Student Resources in Context 
Database GALE 

  Student Research Collection Database 


 STAGE THREE: What's the latest news on your topic?

CURRENT News Sources:  
Want to find the latest news on your topic?  
Search magazines, newspapers and reliable news sites! 
Watch out for editorials, blogs and letters-to-the-editor (all biased "opinion" articles). 

Click on the covers below to search TIME magazine.

Search a newspaper database or other online news sites.
Newspaper Database
Proquest News Stand Complete - 
Searches thousands of newspapers

Online News Sites
Other websites for giant fairly reliable news sources:

NY Times
Washington Post
LA Times
BBC News
PBS News Hour


Other Helpful Links:

WILDLIFE: How is your animal doing in the wild? Endangered? Not? 
Find out here:

FAMOUS PEOPLE: Learn about Presidents and their spouses here at the White House's Official Website.

SOLAR SYSTEM: Learn about the solar system with this site from NASA


What's a Googler to do?  Can you google just .gov results? Yes!

Here's a safe search, try searching google, but limit results to .GOV (below)
Leave what's in the google box, just add your key search words next to it!

Google search with results limited to:   Google results with only .Gov

Bibliography - Citation Help:
  (Need help generating citations? try


Advanced User: 
Need really specific information? 
Try the larger database collection.
It's a bit hit and miss if you'll find what you want.
   Big Jumbo Collection of GALE databases (adv. user)

Don't google, use:   Sweet Search  

Ultra Advanced....
 Google Scholar

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