Documenting Sources with a Research Tool

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For English language arts, any discussion of Buried Treasures would be incomplete without a mention of the research wizard from the Writing Navigator series. The four products in this series guide students through the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, and publishing). But students who wish to support their ideas with quotations and information from websites, books, and other sources can take advantage of this research tool, which makes documentation easy at any stage of their writing.

Students open the research wizard by highlighting text and clicking the research button.

Here’s how it works.

  1. After conducting research, students add quotations or information to their plan or their draft.
  2. They highlight that information and click the research button, which opens the tool.
  3. Using a drop-down menu, students select the type of source. Then they work through a simple wizard-like series of questions designed to generate the pertinent entry fields needed to add bibliographical information about the source.
  4. After adding the requested information, students click Submit; the research tool creates an MLA-style Works Cited entry and a parenthetical citation within the essay.
  5. Students continue this process until they have added all their research notes. This documentation will be saved and can (eventually) be sent with the draft to the Writing Publisher.

The Writing Navigator wizard creates an MLA-style Works Cited page.

To publish the essay, students can export their work to Word, make any final formatting decisions (double spacing, hanging indents, etc.), and share with their audience a fully documented research paper with internal citations and a Works Cited page.

Easy to use, the research tool takes the fear and drudgery out of the documentation process. It’s a treasure that I think students will really "dig."

 

Learn more on the Writing Navigator Home Page. And remember, Writing Reviser is available as a free Google Doc Add-on.

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Terry Hardison

Terry Hardison oversees the development of English language arts resources for Curriculum Pathways. Prior to joining SAS, Terry worked for 21 years as a teacher and as a district-level English language arts supervisor.

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