Here are some tips for your teen on how to be more successful when looking for information for a paper:
Leave time. Other students may check out a book your teen needs. The computer could crash. Websites may take a long time to download. Be sure your teen builds in some time for the unexpected.
Don’t get sidetracked. While doing research, your teen may be tempted to check the latest sports scores. Then he sees a story about a favorite athlete...and then it’s time for the library to close.
Be aware of the limits of your resources. A book on outer space that was written in 1959 will not be of much use. But a book on the Civil War written in that year might still include helpful ideas.
Ask for help. Librarians often can give helpful tips on other places to look for information.
Use one resource to find another. Follow links on websites. If an author cites a book, check it out.
Keep track of sources. A good quotation is useless if your teen can’t remember who said it.
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