A guide for 8th grade English author research project
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016
Of course you are going to google your author....notice, I said GOOGLE, not Bing! Just pay attention to who produced or sponsored the site? Is it the author's personal site (does that mean the publisher pays for it)? Is it an Internet "reference" site like A & E Biographies (that may be more objective)? Evaluate the site for authority, bias, accuracy, and so on before using it!
We have a school subscription to Noodletools so this is how you will create your bibliography! Remember, you login to Noodletools just as you log into computers at school [username = lastfirst; password = ID]
- NOODLETOOLS HELP
Click here for a reminder about how to CREATE A PROJECT or HOW TO PRINT a bibliography.
Vote for your favorite YA Author:
Use CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS (listed on the Destiny Home page under DATABASES). Simply enter author's name, do not make any selections in the Filter boxes. If you access this from home, it may look a bit different, and it may ask you for a password - use the one provided by your librarian.
This is an AWESOME RESOURCE, but, here is a tip: If you use the Authors & Artists for Young Adults volumes from the Reference Section, this article will be exactly the same (it will not count as a second source).
Use ESBSO (in POWER LIBRARY) to find a great magazine article about your author. Remember to Check the FULL TEXT Box, and then you will probably want to limit your results to MAGAZINES. Don't bother with articles less than 1/2 page long, don't use book reviews for this source, but... Interviews are GREAT!
- Power Library from School
If you are using Power Library AT SCHOOL use this link.
Click on blue box: Reference.
Then click on EBSCO. Then click on Ebsco Host Web.
In the next screen (Choose Databases) pick Master File Main Edition and Middle Search Main Edition. Then, you are finally on the search screen!
- Power Library from HOME
To use Power Library from home, you will need your Grove City Community Library ID number. It is the number on your library card. You can call the library and they will give it to you over the phone.
- Help With Ebsco
Short "tutorial" for using Ebsco.
Authors and Artists for Young Adults
Publication Date: 2000-08-11
GCMS LMC has volumes 1 - 35. Use the comprehensive index in Vol. 35 to find your author.
Tenth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators
Call Number: REF 920.03
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
Wilson's Junior Book of Author Series is an excellent resource. Use the comprehensive index in the back of the 10th book to see in which book you will find your author.
Encyclopedia of World Biography
Call Number: REF 920.02 McG
This is good for "classic" authors.