Research: Planning Ahead


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When gathering research, it is important for the students to be able to digitally organize, store, and even share information at their discretion. Diigo is a great social bookmarking tool where students can create an account before the research process begins, saving their articles in their personalized lists or groups within their account and choosing whether to make their research public or private.  Each bookmark stores the URL that can be searched later for specific content allowing for better time management.  Teachers can be included as part of a private group with each student, making the assessment of student research a much easier process. If it is a collaborative research project, the students can create a group and invite others to join. Together they can work as a team and collectively gather information for a project.

When students begin bookmarking articles, they can highlight information to support their topic/thesis using the tool bar from Diigo. This information shows up on the digital wall in their Diigo library or private group, under the article heading, indicating the most important information that they want to use from the resource.  This makes it easier for quoting or paraphrasing in the context of the draft.  The highlighted information can be revised if needed, and when the students leave Diigo and return at a later time, all of the student work is saved. The students can also use virtual sticky notes to personalize information about the website and can serve as a digital notecard to reference the Website, title of article, author, and date.   The advantage is the ease of siting a source through parenthetical citations in context as well as the Works Cited page because it also appears on the digital wall of Diigo whether it is within a private group or a personalized list in the Diigo library. The students can even post the subtopic to their digital notecard to help them organize their information according to their outline.

The following will explain how to set up Diigo and how to get started with using it in the classroom.





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Another option is using NoodleTools which is a paid program for organizing digital research.

Equip your students with quality online tools for the research process, including:
  • citation
  • source evaluation
  • note-taking
  • outlining
  • document annotation / archiving
  • online collaboration

The following will explain how to set up Diigo and how to get started with using it in the classroom.