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How to Research

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Resource to Fuel Your Project

Using the right resources is one of the most important steps in completing your
ExploraVision project. In addition, using credible resources is very important. Below you’ll find a list of the best
places to look.

The Internet

There are thousands of websites related to invention and technology. Google
or Yahoo! will return long lists of websites but be careful with what you find because many will contain unreliable
information. Your school librarian can help you narrow your searches to produce better results. In addition, your
school library probably subscribes to powerful online databases that you will not find on the open Internet. Many large
companies have websites with information about their products. Even product instruction guides can contain helpful
descriptions of technology. Many universities and invention-oriented groups also have online presences with all kinds
of useful information.

Skype a Scientist

The Skype a Scientist program gives scientists and students in k-12
classrooms the opportunity to connect via video chat in for a 30 to 60 minute session, in a Q&A-style format.

Your School Library

School libraries provide rich science-related resources both in print and online. Work
with your school librarian to find the resources that best meet your needs. This is a great place to start looking for
books and periodicals and also use the Internet.

Books/Podcasts

You can search both your school library
and the public library for this precious resource. Work with a librarian or a mentor (community scientists or family
member) to search for books and podcasts that relate to your topic.

Periodicals

Periodicals and podcasts
are full of scholarly articles and stories on a range of scientific topics such as American Heritage of Invention
and Science Technology
, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Scientific
American
, Science Friday and Science. Head to the library and work with the librarian to find
periodicals or podcasts related to your topic.

Click here to listen how past years’ winning coaches helped students find resources!