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The Research Quest Model involves the following 5 steps:
  • What is the purpose of my project?
  • Who is my audience?
  • What do I know? What do I need to know?
  • What will my final product look like?
  • What is my time schedule?
  • Explore different types of resources (print, electronic, observations, interviews etc).
  • Evaluate and select the most appropriate resources.
  • Make notes and record your sources.
  • Revise research questions if necessary.
  • Interpret, analyze, and synthesize ideas to make them your own.
  • Look for patterns in what you read and observe.
  • Make connections with what you already know.
  • Review, revise, reorganize, and edit your information.
  • Prepare your final results
  • Decide how you will present your findings
(powerpoint presenation, essay, poster, lab report etc)
  • What have I learned?
  • Was the task successfully completed?
  • What worked well?
  • What can I do differently next time?
The full document, entitled "The Ethics of Information Use", can be viewed as a PDF.
The Research Quest Chart is on page 34 of the document.
Database Quick Links
World Book Online

 Web 2.0 Tools

Find Images
Flickr - Search for copyright friendly images licensed under Creative Commons.


Images Canada - Provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions Check the Copyright page for information on use of images.


MorgueFile - Search the "free images" database to find thousands of photos. This site also offers a virtual classroom for aspiring photographers.
More Copyright Friendly Sources for Images
Organise Online Links
Delicious - Bookmark your favourite sites online so they are available to you anywhere you go. Find new sites by following the favourites of others.
Want to know more about Delicious? Watch the Common Craft short video explanation.
Take Notes and Cite Sources
NoodleBib - Take notes, make citations and create your bibliography quickly and accurately (Password protected: drop by the library to find out how you can create your own account).
NoodleBib Express - Free Online Citation Maker
Create Your Presentation
Glogster - Provides thousands of templates for posters.
Animoto - Generates music videos for you. Just upload your images and select a tune from Animoto's copyright friendly library.
Voice Thread - Use this tool to upload images, record your voice, and invite comments