- MLA Format: Students at BCCHS are expected to use MLA (Modern Language Association) format for their work. Consult The Owl at Purdue for instructions on how your paper should look and how to cite your sources. You can take online notes, organize your ideas, and create your “Works Cited” page on NoodleTools.
- Evaluating Websites: Is your website a reliable/authoritative source of information? Try going through the New Mexico State University checklist or the University of Maryland Library checklist to evaluate websites for personal and academic research.
- Remember, websites aren't just "good" or "bad," the type and quality of website you need depends on the kind of information you're looking for and the nature of your project.
- Research Databases: We recommend that all students get a FREE public library card, which will connect them to Teen Web as well as subscription databases they can use for reliable research in history, science, literary criticism & more. Applications are available in the BCCHS Library.
- Googling tips for academic research
- Google Advanced Search
- Google News
- Search news sources only.
- Google Scholar (& Google Advanced Scholar)
- Look for the pdf or html link on the left for documents that are available for free on the web.
- Plagiarism: The use of other people's phrases, sentences, or ideas (that are not common knowledge) without stating where your information came from (and using appropriate quotation marks). For more information, visit: