INQUIRY and STRATEGIES
Identify the Problem & Ask Questions
What is the individual's background (education, work history, family, and goals)?
What are the methods used in an effort to reach desired goals?
What organizations did he/she join?
What key events defined his/her leadership?
What was his/her key accomplishment?
What are some of the person's famous quotes? Why have the quotes become famous?
What do you find fascinating and relevant about this person?
What is the best way to communicate the information via a resume and/or interview?
What information should be included? What should NOT be included?
What questions should be asked? What should NOT be asked?
- Locate and search appropriate resources
- Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
- Think of synonyms
- Use Boolean searching
- Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
- Be creative
- Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!
Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.
Biography in Context (Gale)
Free Online Resources
Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.
- Who is providing the information?
- Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
- What is the purpose of the site?
- When was the site last updated?
- What is the possible bias?
Montgomery County Public Library
Do you have a Montgomery County Public Card? Biography Resources in Context is a great resource for this project!
BIBLIOGRAPHIES & CITATIONS
When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.
Record Bibliographic Information
Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:
- Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
- Page number
- Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
- Publication date
- Name of subscription database (if used)
- Format (web, print)
- Date of access (if found online)