Mom-n-Zam wrote: ↑
Mon May 30, 2016 3:11 am
We have used MFW in the elementary years but this is our first year of MFW High School (10th grade). We are missionaries, living in Zambia and there are no public libraries available for us to use. Is it possible to do the WHL Research Paper with only online sources? If so - please, please advise on the best way to do this....? TIA!
You know, when my youngest was doing the WHL research paper, I had him go into the library and meet with a librarian about finding resources for his paper, and you know what she did? She brought him to a computer and showed him online resources. That was it - no books
He did tell her, "Um, I think my mom's gonna want me to come out with a book in my hand." LOL, he was right.
So, yes, it's possible to do a research paper with only online resources, at least according to our librarian.
I like books and I think colleges like books. That said, I think a lot of research is done online these days. A couple of points about your question on the "best way" to go about it:
1. Scholarly articles are considered more current than books, because the turn-around time for publishing is months rather than years. Many scholarly articles are available online. Look for the words "peer review," meaning the articles are accepted by peers in the same field. A few good ways to access those are Google Scholar
, ERIC.ed.gov, or your library's online database.
2. Some entire books are available publicly online. It's hard to know what your student's topic will be, but online resources range from SparkNotes to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I merged my son's research paper with "career exploration," and one of his go-to resources was the Occupational Outlook Handbook available through the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
3. Not sure if you are affiliated with a library at all, either over there or back here in the States, but my library lets us check out digital versions of some books.
4. There are also online "libraries," such as UPenn, GoodReads, Google Books, and Gutenberg. You may not find as many scholarly topics at some of these sites, but sometimes a paper can use a good quote or analogy.
5. Be sure your student learns the difference between reliable and unreliable online information. This will be a great lesson to prepare for college and career. Wikipedia is a fine source for brainstorming ideas but not for quotes, since anyone can author a Wikipedia article; consider starting with Wikipedia and scrolling to the bibliography at the bottom of the page for potential resources.
6. Personal interviews are highly valued by scholars as well as college professors. Consider locating a local professional to interview - you would be surprised how accessible some folks are. If no professionals relate to your student's topic, he can also consider doing his own "research" by taking a survey or interviewing regular folks with relevant stories to tell.
7. Some of my son's college courses have required presentations, and the students who produce good ones seem to include multi-media - perhaps a short segment from a YouTube video or other visual. You may already know this, but online videos are available for everything from how to fix a door to watching your local legislature in action; current-events-type topics might reference a TED Talk or a political soundbite. Usually the student needs to cite not only the source but the exact minutes/seconds he wants to reference.