Research Help

For All Patrons and For All Subjects!

Research Steps for Students

The teacher librarian can personally guide you through the most efficient and effective steps during the research process!

Student Research Steps

The Digital Library DATABASES

When doing research, where do you go to find information?  Well, we often immediately go to GOOGLE to research information.  Nonetheless, when selecting sources and information through GOOGLE, we have to evaluate and judge the sources ourselves for credibility (trustworthiness).  Wouldn't it be awesome if there were experts that have pre-reviewed articles before we placed our trust in them?  There is an answer and the answer is Library DATABASES!   Mrs. Lee teaches a lesson on the what, why, and how of using a Library Database!  

2023 LAUSD Library Databases

Evaluating Websites

How do I know which websites are CREDIBLE (TRUSTWORTHY)?  

 -Think: "C.R.A.A.P!"-

 The CRAAP Infographic  (Evaluating Online Sources)

Copyright, Creative Commons, 

Fair Use, Public Domain

Before using someone else's creative work, we need to consider who the creative work belongs to, usage rights connected to the work, and how to then responsibly and ethically use it in our own creative works!   Mrs. Lee teaches a lesson on Copyright which includes the what, why, and how of using the creative works of others! 

 Infographic: 10 Things You Should Know About Copyright

Infographic: Free Speech Copyright and Fair Use

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Citation Help

Mrs. Lee has a lesson explaining the "what," "where," and "how" of creating a proper citation of sources by following MLA's 9th edition!  Please request documents pertaining to the lesson if needed including the "Works Cited Practice Page".

Click on the Following Useful Citation Links: ​

MLA General Format (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

MLA 8th Edition Changes (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

CITATION MACHINE - MLA Format (Fill in the Blank/ Creates Citation for you!)

MLA Poster (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

What is a "Container" in MLA's 8th Edition?​​

VIDEO: MLA In-Text Citation and Works Cited by McMasters Library

Plagiarism Lesson One: Florida State College of Jacksonville

Mrs. Lee's SCREENCAST:  How to Format a Word Document to Create a Works Cited Page! 

FREE  Credible Websites 

Click on the following links!

CITATION MACHINE - MLA Format (Fill in the Blank/ Creates Citation for you!)


​The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University has free writing resources such as updated citation guidelines and essay guidelines. ​


Librarians' Internet Index provides access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites.

INFOPLEASE provides factual information on topics, including current events, pop culture, science, government and history. 


​Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. 


SweetSearch is A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.


​Sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children which is a Division of ALA.  The site provides a list of interactive media content for students 14 years and younger!


Provides a rich source of media, lesson plans, and activities for teachers and parents to use in helping students gain lifelong skills when engaging with the digital world. 


Provides quality resources for educators to teach concepts about COPYRIGHT and FAIR USE.  Resources include videos, lesson plans, slides, infographics, and more! 



Research Standards

The following chart includes  "RESEARCH" student standards from Common Core State Standards and California's Model School Library Standards.  The goal of research is to build upon existing research and relevant evidence and then, create and present new forms of knowledge and understanding!  


The highest goal of research is to create new forms of knowledge 

and not simply regurgitate existing knowledge.