What Change Would YOU Like to See in the World?
Wouldn’t it be great if…
The world would be a better place if…
Start with things you’re passionate about…
How do I begin growing ideas?
Think of ideas as tiny seeds. All ideas start as tiny seeds in our minds. Some ideas will die, never to be thought of again, while others will grow into stronger, more creative ideas. The key is to plant as many seeds as you can by enriching yourself with media and information: Read articles, watch videos, listen to podcasts, and look at photographs! Then, keep reading, watching, listening, and looking to keep planting and growing those ideas!
Immerse yourself in great ideas and thought-provoking writing! Annotating your articles helps you to capture and cultivate those seeds and thoughts that will take root and grow into ideas! Ideas will come to you while you’re reading…by annotating, you’re helping thoughts take root!
Fact: There are 130 trillion web pages searchable on Google, and 2 million articles published each day on the web! How do we find accurate, reliable, authoritative, an current information that will help plant interesting ideas? Where do we find compelling evidence to persuade our audience?!
Don’t just Google, use Google Services!
Tip: Start with a something you’re interested in, then add keywords like “quotes”, “facts”, “secrets” and “fascinating“. Keywords scatter more seeds!
Google Images can lead you to interesting, quality websites.
Google Videos give us greater understanding, and more ideas!
Google News gives you links to up-to-the-minute articles from over 50,000 news sources worldwide back to 2003 (use TOOLS to go to the Archives).
Google Books gives us access to over 30 million books that have been scanned by Google!
Tip: Use TOOLS to refine your search and SETTINGS to do an Advanced Search. Use the ADVANCED SEARCH feature at www.google.com/advanced_search to limit your search results to preferred domains (.edu, .gov, .net or .org) or to find websites ONLY on your topic).
Tip: Be sure any website you find passes The CRAAP Test…To find the BEST articles that pass the “CRAAP” Test, use the
ALWAYS make sure your source not only has an author, but has a credible or authoritative author. Look for the author’s credentials.
Browse Issues at Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Database!
Help with Citing Sources:
How to cite a book from Google Books:
Burnett, William. Classic American Sports Cars. New York: Scribner & Sons, 2012. Google Book Search. Web. 5 January 2017.
Citing your sources in MLA format is easy at EasyBib!
Look at the bottom of this website for an example of how to Cite Radio and Television Broadcasts & Transcripts that you have gotten off of the web.
https://ru.dreamstime.com; https://i2.wp.com/www.brainpickings.org; http://legendsquotes.com/; https://d38v16rqg5mb6e.cloudfront.net; https://www.shift.is