Earth Sci Honors Semester Research

Students will choose an Earth Science concept to research. They they will delve into researching the topic and develop a podcast, movie, presentation, model, or website, to document and present their findings. Finally, each student will then present their findings to a group and post their project online.
Your semester project will be considered complete once the following have been either completed, graded, or handed in:
1. The NOTES you took from your sources while learning about your topic (notecards in
Noodle Tools)
2. An ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY with at least 10, well developed entries from DIFFERENT
sources including the 6 REQUIRED source types:
- a REFERENCE ARTICLE to get an overview of the topic
- a SCIENTIFIC STUDY / PAPER published in an Academic Journal
- an ARTICLE from a Field Specific Magazine
- a DATA / STATISTICS (a chart or graph) from a reputable science or
government source
- a GOVERNMENT article or publication
- a NEWS article
3. Some means of presenting your findings has been developed, practiced, presented,
and posted online.

Watch the video to get an understanding of "Fair Use" as it relates to copyright law.

A Fair(y) Use Tale (captioned)

The video is linked up on the Copyright Friendly Media page of the Library Website.

Use your Livonia email username and school computer password to log in on the Gmail side. Create a new project and name it (earth science or your topic). Use MLA and choose Advanced.

Noodle Tools

Share your work with Mr. Miller & Mrs. Donohue using the inbox named: Earth Science H - Miller, 2019 Block 3 A,B,D,E.

How to share your project with a teacher's inbox

Watch the short video for how to share your Noodle Tools project with your teacher.


Science in Context

*Try this first. Provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.

Student Resources

Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted website

ProQuest NY Direct/SLSA Package

Searches many ProQuest databases from one interface. *Citations are given in APA format. To convert to MLA: choose MLA 8th and click CHANGE or it will stay in APA format.

Opposing Viewpoints

Facts and arguments on current events topics and social issues.

Website Evaluation
It is your responsibility to evaluate any website you find before using it in your research.

CRAAP Test Worksheet 2018.pdf

Use this worksheet to help you determine whether or not a website is a reliable source for your research.

Helpful Search Engine

Google Scholar

Use this search engine to help you find scholarly articles on your topic. *Do NOT cite "Google Scholar" as a website. It is only the search engine you used to find the paper.

The websites linked up below do not need to be evaluated before using them. searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

U.S. Geological Survey

"We provide science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Our scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes."

Copyright Friendly Media Sources
Use the options linked up below to find images / music in the public domain or published for reuse ("copyright friendly").

Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Media

All Creative Commons licenses require attribution to the creator. The resources on this guide all aim to provide access to Creative Commons and public domain resources, but they cannot be guaranteed.

Earth Science World Image Bank

"The Earth Science World Image Bank is a resource made available to the geoscience community and general public for the purposes of enhancing Earth education, and serving the community of science that the American Geosciences Institute supports."

Search images. images are in the public domain-but avoid images with recognizable people.

Digital Images of the Sky

*If using, you need to include the credit line required on copyright page of site.

LOC Science Internet Services

FROM the SITE: Most images are protected by copyright and cannot be reproduced without permission from the copyright owner. The exceptions are U.S. Government images, which generally are in the public domain and free from copyright. Even though the following image sources are from government Web sites, it is always good practice to make sure that the image is not protected by copyright. One way to do this is to look for the artist credit and copyright symbol (©). If there is a copyright symbol, ©, and a date (©2002) then that image is protected by copyright. If you wish to use a copyrighted image, you will need to seek permission from the copyright owner. Once you are ready to use an image, be sure to include image credit and source.

Wikimedia Commons

Follow the licensing / attribution requirements posted under the images before using.

CC Search

Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.

Project Options
Choose from these options when deciding how you will share your learning--or propose another idea to Mr. Miller / Mrs. Donohue. Prezi, Video, Podcast, Website, or 3D Model with presentation essay. See handout for more details.

ShadowPuppet_EarthScience_Honors 2019.pdf

Tips for using and posting from the Shadow Puppet Edu app available on the library ipads.

Project Requirements
Use the attached sheets as a checklist when creating your final project.

Final Projects Page

Post Final Projects Here

Add your project to the class padlet linked up here.