5th & 6th Grade Research Paper Vocabulary

MAPPING or WEBBING
a way to take notes that uses a circle with lines radiating out from it
COMPARISON
to look for both similarities and differences between two or more things
CONCLUSION
a judgment made at the end of careful study and thought
CREDIBLE
something that you can believe because it’s true
DATA
information
ENCYCLOPEDIA
a huge collection of articles on many subjects; it can be a set of books, or a computer website or CD-ROM
FOOTNOTE
a note at the bottom of a page (of a report) that explains something in more detail
INDEX
a list in the back of some books of subjects in alphabetical order (with page numbers where the subjects can be found)
INTERNET
the world wide web; actually billions of computers connected all over the world through a system of websites
KEY WORDS
important words; they will help you find information in an index or search engine
LINK
a page that is connected with another page on the Internet. When clicked, a link will take you to another webpage.
ONLINE
when you are using a computer that is connected to the internet
OUTLINE
a plan or summary, which lists only the most important points
PLAGIARISM
copying something without giving credit to the person who created it
PUBLISHER
the company that printed a book or created a website
QUERY
your question for a search engine
QUEST
a search; looking for something
QUOTATION MARKS
two little marks at the beginning and end of something copied word-for-word; they look like “this”
REFERENCE BOOK
a book that you can use to find information; a book specially written to help with research
RESEARCH
to study a subject or look for an answer to a question
RESOURCE
something that helps you
SCAN, SKIM, or SURVEY
to look across a page quickly to get an idea of the information
SEARCH
to look for something
SEARCH ENGINE
a way of looking for information on the Internet
SOURCE
where something comes from
SUBJECT
what a book or article is about; the topic
TEXT
words on a page
TITLE
the name of something: a book, article, magazine, movie, etc.
TOPIC
the main theme or subject
URL
a website address (usually looks like this: www.mywebsite.com)
WEBSITE
a page or collection of pages on the Internet
AUTHOR
the person who wrote (or created) something
BIBLIOGRAPHY
a list of sources where you found information when doing research (usually sources are listed on the last page of your report)
BOGUS
something that is not true, something fake
BRAINSTORM
an activity where you make a note of anything that comes into your mind, no matter how silly it might seem; a great way to begin a project
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
the order in which things happen
CITE
to list your sources (where you got the information)

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