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Problems with technology: weapons Sunday, 6 September 2009

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Today I caught a TV programme that may be useful to some of you.

Channel 71, Discovery Science: The Reinventors, Season 2, Episode 1.

Deals with the machine gun, so get your research cap on and check it if you think it may be useful to your particular topic!

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MLA formatting of sources Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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If you’re new to the MLA format to refer to sources of information, try the free online services

They’ll help you ensure that your bibliography/works cited list is in the correct format. Just fill in the information you know about the source, they help you with the rest.

For more detailed information check these resources from

I have also found a very interesting blog about information literacy called BiblioTech Web.

How to present survey results Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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This is a question we often hear as we go through our Investigation stage of the MYP Design Cycle.

When you survey a group of people, remember to make a reasonable number of questions that are pertinent to your topic. Design your questions so the answers are specific and easy to quantify; ┬áthat’s why you always hear us recommending multiple choice, yes/no, and Likert scale types of items for surveys.

If you need to ask open questions, then do interviews better.

Going back to our post title, please head to this web page that shows the results of a survey in a really neat way:

http://www.vault.com/surveys/manners/index.jsp

How to do good research (and have fun too!) Saturday, 15 November 2008

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After the first few sections of the project were submitted, it became painfully clear that a large number of students are unsure about how to approach the research aspect of their project.

It seems that many people think “research” means logging on to Google and typing in a couple of words and then hoping for the best. This reminds me of a joke that was popular when I was growing up:

Two men rent a boat and go fishing at a lake and have a fantastic day – they each catch several large trout and agree they must return the following day to extend their luck.
One man, lets call him Jacques, says “Hey Henri, did you mark the spot where we caught all those fish?”
Henri nods his head and says “Oh yes Jacques, I put an X on the side of the boat!”
Jacques is angered by this and says “You idiot…how do you know we’ll get the same boat?”

Using very general search terms on Google is the academic equivalent of this silly behaviour, and will likely result in the same level of success.
To do GOOD research, you need a strategy. Here‘s a good place to learn more: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/vl/www/wwwcon.htm

Check the rest of the “common mistakes” entries under this tag: mistakes