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WAMS Research Guide: Getting Started

Tutorials and links to help you navigate the research process successfully.

Organizing Your Time

1. Use a calendar to keep track of each step and due dates.

      Try one of these calendar/to do list tools:


             Google Calendar

            ColorNote app for Android

2. Plan extra time to visit the Media Center at lunch or before/after school if you have questions or miss a class.

3. Plan to visit the public library if needed.

4. Allow extra time for each step if you have other demands on your time, such as family obligations, trips, sports or holidays.

Task Definition

  • Before you begin any researching,  make sure you understand what you are being asked to do!

  • Read through any material that your teacher provides that describes the research project or assignment.

  • Make sure you understand WHAT you must do and WHEN you must have it completed.

  • If given a rubric, READ IT so you know how you are being evaluated on this project.

Organizing Your Materials

Find a quiet, well-lit, uncluttered place to work.  In front of the TV or in a room with lots of activity going on are not good choices.

         Good Choice!                               Not a Good Choice!


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Make sure you have:

1. a copy of your project assignment, 

2. any checklists, directions or rubrics provided by your teacher or media specialist related to this project.  


 Remember to make use of the WAMS Resource Guide page created to support you throughout your project - Get the name of the guide from your teacher or media specialist and go to: