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Elementary Library: Finding Out


  • I can use my thinking skills, communication skills, research skills,
    cooperation, and knowledge to collect new information.


When you're done,
be sure to take the BrainPop quiz.


Paraphrasing means putting information you read and learn in your own words, with your own ideas, and writer's voice.

Paraphrase when:

  • You plan to use information from your notes and wish to avoid plagiarizing.
  • You want to avoid overusing quotations.
  • You want to use your own voice to present information.

When you're done,
be sure to take the BrainPop quiz.

Resources for Researching

Our library has many nonfiction books that will help with researching. All the nonfiction books you will find in our library (both print and online) are credible.


Nonfiction books are organized according to topics. We use the Dewey Decimal System to organize the books.

The  best place to start research online is with a database. Databases provide information that is relevant, current, and credible. You don't have to evaluate information on a database. It has already been done.

Research Databases




Image and Music Databases

You can use an internet search engine to find information, but you have to be careful. You will get a lot of information; however, the information might not be credible. In addition, it might be too hard for you to read and understand. 

Child friendly search engines:


Plagiarism is the act of presenting another's work or ideas as your own. Plagiarism is theft of intellectual property, and it's cheating.

Unintentional Plagiarism

  • Careless paraphrasing
  • Poor note taking skills that causes you
    to forget where you found information
  • Not citing your source
  • Quoting excessively
  • Failure to use your own voice in writing

Intentional Plagiarism

  • Copying a friend's work
  • Cutting and pasting from
    an article on the internet
  • Media "borrowing" without documentation

When you're done,
be sure to take the BrainPop quiz.

Whenever you research, you must cite your source or tell where you have gotten your information. It does not matter if the person whose work you used is alive or dead. If it is not your own idea, you must cite your source. Give credit where credit is due.

Citing is important because you credit other author's ideas; your research is based on substantial facts; and anyone can find all references and images you used.



Academic Honesty is of primary importance when you are doing research. Please see how to use noodle tools or ask a teacher or the teacher librarian if you are having any problems.

Black Belt Noodle Tools

Click on the box below to do a quick start tutorial that guides your through learning how to use NoodleTools while citing the most common sources in Elementary and Middle School using MLA8!