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Research Across the Curriculum

Throughout Freshman year, students will come to the Learning Commons each quarter with a different class to learn about the MLA format, the inquiry method of research, online search techniques and strategies, and how to evaluate and organize the information. They will become familiar with the excellent resources provided in our collection and become comfortable searching for information using print resources, the statewide databases, online encyclopedias, and e-books as well as scholarly Internet search engines like RefSeek.

Quarter 1

The English Writing classes will come to the Learning Commons to learn about the MLA format and to practice citing and annotating a variety of different resources.  They will search for specific articles using specific electronic resources (e.g., Gale Databases, Britannica Online, FollettShelf e-books).


Assignment Instructions and Rubric.

Quarter 2

The freshmen will visit the LC during their World History class. They will become familiar with the six-step Inquiry Model Research Process and practice their research skills by completing a research project on Ancient Rome.

Watch this Explain Everything video to learn more about the Inquiry Model Research Process.

Student Resources


  • Students will understand the six-step Inquiry Model Research Process.
  • Students will compose and research an open-ended essential question related to Ancient Rome.
  • Students will locate at least two resources (print and electronic) containing information that helps to answer their question.
  • Students will find a quote from a primary source to include in their research.
  • Students will communicate what they have learned through a presentation to their classmates.
  • Students will create a properly formatted list of Works Cited.
  • Students will reflect on the research process and complete a self-evaluation form.

Final Products

Students will submit the following when they complete the project:

  • Self-Evaluation Form (to Mrs. Walkins).
  • Properly formatted list of Works Cited (to Mrs. Walkins).
  • Google Slides (or other) presentation (to Ms. Becker).

Quarter 3

Grade 9 Theology scholars will practice their Web searching skills and employ new strategies while looking for information about the Kings and Prophets of Israel.

Watch this Prezi presentation about Refining your Search Strategies.

Student Resources:


  • Students will understand what a search engine is and how it works.
  • Students will be able to use Boolean logic to limit or expand search results.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate Search Operators to limit or expand search results.
  • Students will analyze their search results to determine which tools and strategies were most effective.

Final Products:

Students will submit the following when they complete the project:

  • Search Strategy Reflection with properly formatted Works Cited page attached (to Mrs. Walkins)
  • Research Notes (to Theology teacher)
  • Research paper with Works Cited page attached (to Theology teacher)

Quarter 4

In this final installment of the Research Across the Curriculum program, the freshmen will visit the Learning Commons with their Biology classes. They will learn how to effectively evaluate web resources and use these skills as they conduct research about a particular genetic disorder.

Student Resources:

Evaluating Web Resources Tutorial (video)

 Website Evauation Checklist  

 Quiz ~ Rubric/Directions


  • Students will understand why it is important to evaluate web resources.
  • Students will understand the benefits of evaluating web resources.
  • Students will be able to evaluate a website for five key criteria: 
    • authority, 
    • intent, 
    • reliability, 
    • timeliness and 
    • usefulness.
  • Students will evaluate possible resources to use in writing their genetics disorder paper.

Final Products:

Students will submit the following when they complete the project:

  • Online Website Evaluation Quiz (to Mrs. Walkins)
  • One Website Evaluation Checklist (to Mrs. Walkins)
  • Resource Cards (to Ms. Osborne)
  • Research paper (to Ms. Osborne)

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