Useful resources or databases in MeL:
Britannica School (Middle School)
Military & Intelligence Database
Social Studies Research
Great resource to use for debate topics:
If I were teaching U.S. Social Studies, the following sites could be useful:
Demographics or maps of U.S.
U.S. Government info
Review of All About Explorers using the Basic Valenza method:
Content–the topic of Christopher Columbus is covered in a great length summary, but the information is not accurate. It IS written well and is easy to understand. The site is unique in that it is used as a practice to analyze websites. It also has well chosen links to more accurate information.
Authority/Credibility–the site does give information about the authors, which can be used as a clue that the information is not factual! 🙂 The domain does end in .com
Bias/Purpose–site was created to help students practice finding inaccurate information. It seems to have been created by some credible people with a great educational goal. It is so well written, the facts blend in smoothly with the fiction, but there is enough fiction to make it obvious.
Usability/Design–the site is easy to use & navigate & things are well labeled. It seems to be neat, attractive & well formatted. The links I tried all worked well, and I would like to use this site for the reason it was intended–practice finding false information!
Review of NASA using the Basic Valenza method:
Content–the site seems to cover a variety of topics well and accurately (although doesn’t seem to be extensive). There do seem to be a variety of science topics. It is very easy to find the revision/date updated.
Authority/Credibility–the NASA official & page editor’s names are given. The sources are appropriately documented and other links, seeming to be credible are given. The domain ends with .gov
Bias/Purpose–the site was created to inform and provide credible, unbiased resources. The information is presented as fact & based on other research, it is true.
Usability/Design–the site is fairly easy to navigate, although there are a LOT of things to look at and it could be a bit confusing/overwhelming. It is presented in a neat, attractive, attention-getting manner and has been well edited. The links all seem to work (although with the slow internet connection I have, it takes a LONG time to load because much of it is visually intensive.)
I tried using two free citation makers for a book I recently read & here are the results:
Using EasyBib.com– ELDREDGE, JOHN & STACI. CAPTIVATING. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
Using WorksCited4u–Eldredge, John, and Stasi Eldredge. Captivating : unveiling the mystery of a woman’s soul. , 2010. Print.
I like the WorksCited results better, since it is more complete with the same amount of input.