- Don't understand the difference between conducting research and merely compiling a report of information (either lacks a provable thesis or is just a re-organization of information and other people's conclusions found in sources)
- Don't do enough reading to understand the scope and the differing perspectives on their topic
- Have pre-determined a conclusion without learning enough to support this idea / thesis with evidence
- Rely too much on one type of source (remember, you want a balance of primary & secondary sources and source types - books, interviews, websites, journal articles, etc.)
If you are tired of taking Google Images potluck when you search for photos, you might try Solate.tk where high resolution, hand-picked images from Flickr's library of Creative Commons-licensed images are all in one place. You can use a search box or check out their categories if you are just browsing. Always give credit to the owners of the images you use.
"Command F" (Mac) or "Control F" (Windows) brings up a search box in the upper righthand corner of any webpage to search within that page for any letter, word, or phrase. If you are doing some preliminary research on a topic, this is a handy tool to quickly see if the page has enough information on your topic to do you any good without having to read the whole page.
For example, if I want information on turkey calls, and I have pulled up a hunting page on the NWTF site, I can hit Command F and search "calls". It found three matches, one of which looks like a great link to a page that will do me more good.
Play around with this a little. It will help you hone in on the information you need more quickly.
EasyBib makes citation easier, but using it does not guarantee that you can just turn off your brain. Sometimes you have to fill in the blanks, particularly when you are citing web pages because EasyBib's AutoCite tool is not foolproof.
EasyBib’s AutoCite tool scrapes metadata from external websites and enters in the bibliographic data into our citation form based on what we can find. Because we cannot control how the metadata is organized within external websites, we alert students in bold, red text that they need to confirm or modify the information we provide in the citation form.
Students like AutoCite because it limits the amount of bibliographic data they have to copy and paste from a website into our citation form. Our AutoCite feature can help students build bibliographies quickly, but we understand that some teachers prefer that students enter citation information manually. This is why we made it configurable — EasyBib School Edition and Library Edition users can turn off AutoCite if you prefer to build citations from scratch. To do so, access your Admin Dashboard, go to System Settings and uncheck "Enable Autocite."
Ms. Jones and her Sophomores discovered this handy tip when researching and putting together Works Cited pages with EasyBib before spring break. Sometimes, when you use a public computer to work on a Works Cited page and don't finish the work in one sitting, it can be frustrating. If you sign in using your school email, EasyBib will tie your work to your school Google account so you can keep working on it any time and can get to it from wherever you are.