Dear Amy: The school year just started, and I found out that I will be doing a semester-long project that requires a research paper and a presentation. Do you have any suggestions as to where I can begin? — Janie T., Washington, D.C.
Dear Janie: Research papers can be fun, especially if you have a topic you’re really interested in. You can always learn new information about a subject and give your project a unique angle. For educational research, I like to use iSeek, education.iseek.com/iseek/home.page, and the Internet Public Library, ipl.org/div/kidspace. Both of these search engines typically have information from reputable sources that you can reference for a school project.
You can really be creative these days with presentations because there are so many resources to make your project shine. You can create a PowerPoint slideshow, a video or even a website.
I like to research what others have to say about how to create a great presentation. Check out Cool Tools for School, tinyurl.com/npqbb2v, to find some great ideas that may inspire you to create a terrific project.
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