WORDS FROM THE MYTHS

Research Guide

research qUestions:

  1. What does the word/phrase mean today? How is the word/phrase used today?
  2. What is the story behind this word/phrase? Where did it come from in Greek/Roman mythology? Which mythological character is connected to the word/phrase?

Research Learning Targets:

  • I can find information by searching a variety of sources.
  • I can organize information by recording notes in a table.
  • I can paraphrase information by writing what I learned, in my own voice.
  • I can share my sources by adding source citations to my research.

FOR THIS RESEARCH PROJECT YOU WILL GATHER INFORMATION FROM 3 TYPES OF SOURCES:

  • Dictionary Websites: Use the dictionary websites to find definitions of your word, and what mythological characters the word originates from.
  • Reference Databases: The reference databases provide credible and trustworthy information. Search them to find more information on your myth or mythical character.
  • Library Reference Books & Nonfiction Books: There are informative books on Greek mythology in the library and your classrooms. Use them to find more information on your myth or mythical character. The books are available to use during class, but not to take outside of the classroom.


Dictionary WEBSITES

reference DATABASES

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REFERENCE BOOKS & NON-FICTION BOOKS

REFERENCE books have brief information on a LOT of different topics!

Encyclopedias and dictionaries are good examples of reference books.

NONFICTION books usually focus on one main idea, but go into much greater detail.

An example of a great nonfiction books is D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths.

source CITATIONS

Many resource resources share a citation of their website, to make it easier to share your sources. Simply find the citation, copy & paste!

  • All the research databases already have citations to copy/paste. The citation is usually at the end of the article, or citation button (at the top near 'print', 'share' etc.). Copy the citation (MLA format), and paste it into your research doc.
  • Merriam-Webster also has citations. Scroll down until you find 'Cite this Entry' and copy/paste.
  • We have added the citations for each print book in the first row of the Scanned Print Books doc. Copy/paste the citations into your research doc.
  • The Online Etymology Website does not have a citation maker. For this website, you can just share the URL address. Or if you want an extra challenge, try creating the citation in Zotero Bib (see below!)

research challenges

CHALLENGE: NEWSPAPER databases

Looking for an extra challenge? Find examples of your word being used today, in an newspaper article.

CHALLENGE: MAKE CITATIONS WITH ZOTERO BIB

Use the website zbib.org to create citations. ZoteroBib formats citations for you, but you will still need to find information on that source.

FINDING CITATION INFO IN A WEBSITE

For an online source, you will need to find:

  • The author or publisher of the website
  • The year the website was last updated
  • The title of the website (the name on the homepage)
  • The title of the webpage (the specific page you are using)
  • The URL address (starts with www.)