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Research Paper: Career

Vocabulary: Research Skeletal Note Sheet

Identify these research-related terms:

1. MLA Format

A widely accepted way to _______________________information (such as author, title, etc.), taken from ___________________or other research sources. The information is used to:

* ________________those sources again

* _________________________to those sources for the information they provided

The format applies to:

* specific bits of __________________________ used in your paper

* the general ______________________________________of sources at the end of your paper

2. Citation

__________________ given to the ______________ of a quotation, paraphrase, or summary of information.

3. Parenthetical Citation

The actual ___________________ to a source of ________________________ within the paragraphs of an essay.

* ________________________________________ information

* in ________________ format

* information is in ____________________________ at the end of the sentence

4. Source

The book, magazine article, website, newspaper, etc. where a particular bit of _______________________________ used originally came from.

5. Direct Quote

When you use someone elses _________________ or ideas _________________________________________.

* You must use __________________________________when copying word for word.

6. Paraphrase

When you use someone elses thoughts or ideas but put them in________________________________________. A paraphrase must:

* be ________________________

* be in your _______________words

*make ___________________

7. Summary

A summary is a ___________________ paraphrase. You would summarize a whole ____________________________ or a whole ________________ rather than just one or two sentences.

* You must _________________ a summary!

8. Thesis Statement

The ________________________________ or point of your research paper summarized in one ________________ sentence.

9. Works Cited Page

An __________________________________ listing of all of the ________________used in your research paper.

* must follow _____________________ format

10. Subtopics

More _____________________ideas that are related to your ______________l thesis statement.

* You will generally have 3-4 subtopics __________________________in your paper.

*Each subtopic is a new __________________________in your paper.

Name: ________________________Due Date: _______________

Research Paper: Career

If you choose to do a research paper on a career, you MUST include the following:

1. The name of the career choice

2. Your position on the career (Thesis Statement)

_____________ is a (good/bad) career choice because _____________________, ___________________________ and __________________________________________.

You must choose one side. Do not give both sides of the question!!

3. Description of and tasks involved in the job.

4. The interests and skills a person should have to do this job.

5. The preparation needed to obtain this career.

Education/ Training Requirements

What program of study would you need to take?

What college or vocational school has this program?

6. Salary range for this job and employability for this job (is this job in demand?).

7. Successful person in this field.

Discuss the career of at least one successful person in this field. Include accomplishments, salary, etc. Make sure your discussion supports your thesis.

8. Answer to thesis statement. (This is a good/ bad career because)

9. Personal reflection paragraph. Is this a good career choice for you? Why or Why not?


Careers: Go to Choose a career that interests you and find the following information:

Name of Career: ________________________________________

Job Description:

Education and Training:

Work Environment:

Job Outlook and Pay:

Name: ___________________________________________Date: __________________

Career Lab Assignment

Use one of the following websites, or choose your own, to explore a career you might want to pursue in the future.

Name of Career: _________________________________________________________

Answer the following questions concerning the career:

1. Provide a brief description of the career: (website: ___________________)

2. What do you need to do to prepare for this career? (Education/ Training)

(website: _________________________________)

3. What specific skills are necessary for this career? (website: _________________)

4. What is the average salary for this career?(website: _______________________)

5. Would you be interested in pursuing this career? Why?

Directions to Mrs. Belmontes Webpage:


Get Organized! Everything You Need to Start Your Research Journey

1. Hicksville High School home page

2. On the left there is a blue side bar. Scroll down to Teacher Webpages

3. Under B, find Belmonte.

4. On the left there is a blue side bar. Click Senior Research Paper

5. Watch the first listed video, Research: Get Organized! Everything You Need to Start Your Research Journey

Write a list of things you need here:






Searching Techniques

Use this sheet as a guide as you search the databases for your research paper.

1. To access databases:

- Go to

- Select High School at the top of the screen.

- On the left blue bar, choose Library.

- On the left blue bar of this page choose Recommended Resources.

- Choose the database you would like to work with.

- Follow directions for username and password etc. on database handout.

2. Use advanced search when available

3. Think about what key words/ subject headings would be appropriate for your search. Use synonyms to optimize your success.

example topic: What impact are cell phones having on todays society?

Key words/ synonyms you might use for this search include:

cell phones, cellular, mobile devices,

society, culture, behavior, population, general public

4. Phrase Searching

Sometimes you may get too many search results. You can see less but more relevant results by using quotation marks around specific phrases. This will give you results that have your words in the EXACT order.

ex: World War I Secret Societies Reality TV

(please turn over for more information)

5. Truncate

Sometimes you may get too few search results. You can see more results by using an asterisk * on a root word. This will give you search results which include variations of a particular word.

ex: creat* will give results including creation, creature, creativity, creative, etc.

6. Boolean Operators

We will be using three Boolean Operators: And, Or, and NOT.


And connects search terms. We use it to NARROW search results (see fewer, more relevant choices).

ex: Media AND violence AND children will offer results which includes all three search terms.


Or BROADENS results, (see more choices), by finding results with ALL of your search terms or any ONE of your search terms.

ex: Video games OR children OR violence will offer results with all three search terms, any combination of just two search terms, or just one of the search terms.


Not is used to NARROW your search when you want just one of the search terms but NOT the other.

ex: Dolphins NOT Miami will provide results about dolphins, but not about the Miami Dolphins football team.

Searching in the Library


Follow these instructions to make your library research more productive.

You will need to find 8 (eight) sources on your topic this week.

For each source you will need to make a source citation and add it to your running works cited sheet (a word document to be started immediately).


1. Search books, databases or periodicals to find your sources. Use notes on searching previously provided to help you.

a. Books

As soon as you find a book or an article in a book that you think is useful:

1. Copy the title page (front and back) of the book.

2. Copy the page(s) of the article or chapter you will use.

3. Use your works cited worksheets to make your source citation.

4. Put all work in your research folder.

b. Periodicals

As soon as you find an article in a periodical that you think is useful:

1. Copy down the information from the works cited worksheets for periodicals.

2. Copy the pages of the article that you think you will use.

3. Make your source citation according to the format provided.

4. Put all work in your research folder.

(turn page over for database instructions)

c. Databases

As soon as you find a database article that you think will be useful:

1. Make sure that you have access to see the full article.

2. Save article to your data