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5 ProQuest Resources for Research Paper Season

Research paper season is in full swing at high schools across the country. ProQuest offers many resources across various products to make this time of year less stressful for students and education professionals. Let’s take a look at five popular features.

1. The Educator Activities Pinterest Board  pulls together resources from numerous ProQuest products to offer teachers activities and worksheets that can be used in the classroom. From Science Experiments to Common Core Handouts, all facets of the research spectrum are covered.

2. ProQuest Research Companion is an entire product dedicated to guiding students through the research process and helping them develop critical thinking and information literacy skills. Nine Learning Modules provide answers to questions such as “How do I choose a topic?” and “How do I evaluate resources?”

iThink Skills Tutor on ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

iThink Skills Tutor on ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

3.  The Student Tools section in SIRS Issues Researcher highlights two features to help users conduct research. My Analysis breaks the research and writing process down into six easy to follow steps, while the iThink tutor is an interactive tool to assist users on their research path.

4.  In addition to the Student Tools offered in SIRS Issues Researcher, the Educators’ Resources section provides a number of handouts and videos that can be used in the classroom. The Human Element video and the SIRS vs. Google and the Open Web activity demonstrate the editorial advantage of using a database like SIRS.

5.  Once students have selected a topic, they can turn to SIRS Issues Researcher or eLibrary for comprehensive coverage. Leading Issues in SIRS Issues Researcher provides background and current analysis of social issues through Topic Overviews, Essential Questions and viewpoint articles. Research Topics in eLibrary pull together content on a particular issue, event or person to save users time in the research process.

These are just a handful of the products and features ProQuest offers to make completing that research paper a little less stressful.

Which features do you find the most useful? Comment below or tweet us at #ProQuest.

Need Research Topics?

Research is part of the curriculum at every level. Often the most difficult part of research is getting started and deciding on a topic of a paper or project. Regardless if a student is in middle school, high school, or community college, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher has a topic for them.

As Butte College Library explains in their helpful video, the 330+ Leading Issues can be easily browsed by topic name. Then to discover a topic of interest, a student can drill down to get more information.

Clicking on any topic in the A-Z list will bring students to a topic overview, timeline, related viewpoint articles, and other features.

Scaffolded Instruction: Leading Issues are scaffolded for different learning needs. A middle school student may choose the majority of research from the topic overview and selected viewpoint articles whereas a high school or college student will start at the overview then dig deeper in the results list for more advanced informational text.

So have your students start their research the easy way with Leading Issues. Your next topic is just a click away.