• 11.09.2015
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    Research skills are important.

    Not just in school and at work but also as an important life skill. There’s a LOT of information and data out there these days and it can make even the most staunch researchers feel overwhelmed at times!

    So how can BrainPOP help you become a better researcher?

    Moby scratching his head

    We’ve identified some key challenges – just click the link below that best describes your question to get started:

    1. I’m new to researching and don’t know where to start” (Topics – ‘Research’; ‘Internet Search’)
    2. I know where to find information but I don’t know how to record it” (Topics – ‘Note Taking Skills’; ‘Paraphrasing’)
    3. I’ve found loads of great information but I don’t know how to make sense of it or how to use it” (Topics – ‘Reading Skills’; ‘Concept Mapping’)
    4. I don’t know how to check whether sources are trustworthy” (Topics – ‘Online Sources’; ‘Fact & Opinion’)
    5. I’m worried about accidentally plagiarising and don’t know how to reference my research” (Topics – ‘Plagiarism’; ‘Referencing Sources’)
    6. How will I remember these useful BrainPOP UK research topics?” (Information Literacy Spotlight; Free “Improve Your Research Skills” poster)


    “I’m new to researching and don’t know where to start”


    Our Research topic serves as a primer for getting to understand the ins and outs of researching. Find out what kinds of resources you can use, which sources will give you a basic summary of your topic, and how you can go back to your first sources to find even more information. Also, discover some of the many different resources to be found in libraries, how to use the internet for research, and learn about the difference between primary and secondary sources!

    Internet Search on BrainPOP

    In our Internet Search topic you’ll learn how to use an internet search engine and tips on the best ways to find exactly what you are looking for.  Discover how to search for a particular phrase, how to make your search more specific and how to exclude certain words from your search.


    “I know where to find information but I don’t know how to record it”

    BrainPOP UK - Note Taking Skills

    In our Note-Taking Skills topic explore the ways note-taking focuses your mind and allows you to identify the main ideas of any topic—while giving you a written document to study later. Find out why you shouldn’t try to copy every word you hear or read, no matter how fast you write. And learn various time- and space-saving tricks to make your notes clearer and more useful when you need to use them later.

    Paraphrasing Topic Screenshot

    In this Paraphrasing movie you’ll learn how paraphrases are different from direct quotes, and two reasons why you might need to paraphrase a text. Find out the four steps to writing a good paraphrase, and how you can make sure you avoid plagiarism. You’ll also learn what plagiarism is and how to keep from doing it. Plus, you’ll discover two characteristics of an effective paraphrase.


    “I’ve found loads of great information but I don’t know how to make sense of it or how to use it”

    BrainPOP UK - Reading Skills

    Watch our Reading Skills movie to discover why good reading begins before you even open your book or magazine; find out what to do before sitting down with a book; how to preview a text; and how to skim to get a sense of what the text all about. You’ll also learn how to take effective notes; what it means to put text into your own words; and when you should reread. Plus, see why it sometimes helps to discuss the topic, and how to choose a good place to read.

    oncept Mapping Topic Screenshot

    In our Concept Mapping movie, see how this visual tool organises and displays knowledge about a topic in a way that’s clear and easy to navigate. Learn to use linking phrases to connect ideas in different areas of the map; discover new cross-links that enhance your overall understanding of the topic; and explore the many uses of concept maps in the classroom and beyond, from note-taking and studying to brainstorming and creative problem-solving. With concept maps by your side, you’ll never get lost in your own knowledge again


    “I don’t know how to check whether sources are trustworthy”


    Learn how the Internet and various Online Sources can be a one-stop destination for all of your research needs. Discover some of the different types of websites that can help you in your search for information. And learn how to evaluate the trustworthiness of an online source in six easy steps!

    Fact and Opinion Topic Screenshot

    How can we separate what’s true from what someone thinks is true? Our Fact and Opinion topic will show you. How do you know whether someone is giving you solid information, or whether they’re trying to persuade you to embrace a point of view? Tim and Moby break down the distinctions between these two important concepts. Learn that facts are supported by evidence that everyone can agree on, while opinions are based on personal beliefs and judgments.


     “I’m worried about accidentally plagiarising and don’t know how to reference my research”


    Tim and Moby introduce you to the thorny concept of Plagiarism. In this educational, animated movie you’ll learn exactly what is plagiarism, the most basic forms of plagiarism, like copying and pasting someone else’s words directly into your own work. But you’ll also learn why many students wind up plagiarising without meaning to! You’ll discover why plagiarism is taken so seriously by teachers and professors, and hear some tips to make sure you don’t plagiarise. Finally, you’ll learn the basics of citing sources and paraphrasing other authors.

    Referencing Sources Topic Screenshot

    In this Referencing Sources topic you’ll learn what a bibliography is, where it comes in your essay, and how to go about writing it. You’ll find out how to reference four different kinds of sources and what to do when the sources get complicated – like when a book has more than one author. You’ll learn about some of the more unusual sources you might encounter, and – most importantly – you’ll also learn how to reference a BrainPOP movie!


    How will I remember these useful BrainPOP UK research topics?”

    First off you can use our Information Literacy Spotlight to find useful research topics. And finally, here’s a useful PDF we’ve made to help you remember what BrainPOP UK topics can help you out with your research skills to print out, share, or keep on your devices.

    Improve your research skills with BrainPOP UK

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