Narrowing Your Search

Creating a Website

Wrapping It Up

Teacher Page

Background Research

If there is an area you are interested in traveling, gather relevant information. The more you know, the better prepared you are. 

Something to think about - how many miles are usually covered in a day on adult bike excursions? This will help you narrow your search. You may not need to research a wide area. Select a small area and gather information. For instance, what are the weather conditions like? What is the physical geography of the area? What cities are available along my path? What are the hotel accomodations like? Are there any scenic stops or activities along the ride?

Websites to help you research

Student Resource Center

Select "Geography & Cultures Search". This database allows you to search by country or states within the U.S. Search results produce information on a wide variety of topics on that state or country, for example: tourism/travel, topography, and climate.


Do you need to know more about bicycling? Are you still unsure of bicycle safety? What do you need to travel safely on a bicycle? This database provides full-text length articles to help you gather information required to complete your website. It even features access to websites that have been selected by the staff of SIRS.


What's Next

You are probably thinking, "What do I do with all of this information?" There are several different websites and software to help you organize your thoughts. This will also help you figure out if you have gaps to fill.


This is an online mindmapping tool. You must sign up for a free version, but it is worth it. Mindmeister will allow you to create your own mindmap of your notes. After you are finished you can export it to word or a picture file.


This bibliography tool will take you step by step through creating a bibliography from your sources. It is very important that you keep track of where you found your information.