Ms. Gurthie 2012

In this lesson you will learn
  • how to research using reliable sources (as found at NCWISEOWL and or LEARN NC)
  • how to test source reliability via CAPOW and
  • how to cite your sources in an academically acceptable way.

  • You will also begin researching Cherokee (8th graders) or explorers (7th graders) in preparation for your projects.

Q: How can you tell if you should trust a site for online research?
A: The answer is the same at school as it is in "real" life:
To prevent being scammed, go "CAPOW!" to knock out" a bad website.

Unlike "Kaboom!", "CAPOW" is an acronym to remind you to check a site for...

C-CURRENCY- is the info on the site recent? has it been maintained? You can tell by the "look" of it, by dates it has been updated, etc, by googling the info to see if it has been adjusted etc.

A-AUTHORITY- Is this website one from an authoritative institution? Is it peer reviewed? is it well respected source? Google the exact web address--what kinds of other sites refer to this site?

P-PURPOSE- Is this site trying to inform, persuade, argue? If the site is trying to sell you something, be aware.

O-OBJECTIVITY-Is this site covering all sides of the topic fairly? If not that is fine, you can still use it, but your research is not done-be sure to go to a site that supports other points of view.

W-WRITING STYLE: Misspellings, poor grammar, slang, are all signs that a site is not academic or may be a scam or a trick by someone not educated. If it is sloppy, it may have errors in its info or thinking as well.

LET's CAPOW these together right now in class:

Example 1: inspired by
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Example 2:

Example 3 - real life:

Example 4:

Example 5:

Example 6:

Example 7:

How to Cite a source in Academic research:
  1. Keep a list of the url's of every site you go to. If you right click on a desktop you can get page info to find out more if the stie does not have author and date listed.
  2. Use or NCWiseowl's citation maker
    to automatically cite your sources in the proper format.
  3. More info for creating great projects, products is on the study studio and design cycle studio pages of this wiki

Now that we know how to search and cite, you will do your own research using our online rules and procedures: 8th Grade, scroll down to continue our lesson

7th grade continued: 10:10 Mr E and 10.5 Ms. T's Class:
Fun intro to set your brain:

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This shows us that creepy dudes aren't the only danger of the internet. Why is it important to be careful when working on the web?
How can you avoid falling for this? Follow the Online Rules and Procedures

I love Google, Wikipedia, Youtube and the web for research. Just Google carefully and Use Academic sites to verify what you find out there!

What would happen if you googled "Magellan?" You'd get info on the gps (get it?)Magellan and the outer space Magellan, but nothing to get you an A on your Social Studies explorer project!
only someone filtered through all the dumb stuff for you! They have...
Click Student Research on NCWISEOWL (password is wiseowl)

For 8th Grade:

Click webquests to do a fun Cherokee Culture Webquest!

Native American Cultural Museum Recommended Research Sites:

Unless you have prior permission, you must only be on site that relate to these areas of Cherokee culture - specific topic - housing, language, food, traditions, etc.

General Cherokee Info:

Cherokee Housing:

Click on this for 4 resources on learn NC

Cherokee Language:

Click here for 27 resources on Learn NC

Cherokee Food:

22 resources on Learn NC

Cherokee traditions:

9 resources on Learn NC


Cherokee Folk Stories:

General starting point for academic sites and for checking research done across the web
also try Google scholar and the other resources on the design cycle studio and study studio pages.


Evaluate these Websites...

"Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask"." Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial . UC Berkeley Library, 23 Apr. 2010. Web. 29 Aug. 2011.

Information Literacy Resources. November Learning, 2011. Web. 29 Aug. 2011. <>.