Research Tidbits – May 17th

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There’s your quote for today, which I found amusing because half the time when I’m researching I have no idea what I’m supposed to research for or how to research or where to research…but I almost always find something interesting (and sometimes I even find plot bunnies which is simultaneously amazing and frustrating).

So, if you have no idea what to research, it’s okay! Einstein says so. Even so, you should at least try to research. I’m sure there’s some other quote from him about that, but…you can look that one up yourself. (Maybe you’ll even end up researching Einstein himself!)

Anyhow, I hope you have all been researching your little ginormous brains out! I wasn’t able to do any until today, but I spent some good time on it and researched nuclear explosions and residual radioactivity and all that good stuff like that. I shall share one fun fact with you, and the rest can wait until it gets submitted and posted on the RRW.

Fun Fact: The temperature of a nuclear explosion can reach that of the center of the sun (100,000,000° Celsius). [Yes, that is a hundred million degrees Celsius.]

Now, onward to the last tidbit, which is a fabulous resource for you to use:

The Citation Machine! If you’re having trouble citing your sources in the format Morgan gives on the RRW, or if you don’t even know what MLA is, the Citation Machine is for you. (Or if you’re lazy, like me. I mean, it saves time and lets you research more, right? 🙂 )

What is the Citation Machine, you might ask? It’s this nifty website someone awesome person created where you enter in a URL or book title or newspapers or magazines or whatever your research is, and it’ll give you your citation in pretty much any format your teachers will ask you for. (It’s a fantastic resource for school papers.)

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Easy peasy, right? You can find the Citation Machine at and get your citations done easy. However, please note that sometimes the Citation Machine will not have all the information you can find, so you may need to add information if you can find it. (Usually most of it’s at the bottom of the webpage.)

That being said, it is an awesome resource and you should all use it! (Unless you want to research MLA formatting and how it came to be, or why there are so many different kinds of citation formats, or what each kind is for. That actually sounds semi-interesting.)

How have your first few days of researching gone? What have you researched? Tell me all about it! Are there any other researching resources that you use or quotes on research that you know of? Tell me the randomest fun fact you know! 😀

19 thoughts on “Research Tidbits – May 17th

  1. Kellyn Roth May 17, 2016 / 10:29 PM

    Well, I ordered a couple books from the library … but the library is taking forever to get them! Stupid library! And then I haven’t been online much these last couple days … and when I am I have so many emails to reply to and posts to make and …… yeah, I’m kinda making up excuses. I did ask my mom what she knew about autism, though! (very little, but kinda research 😉 )


    • Lana May 21, 2016 / 9:17 PM

      Hehe, that’s still kinda research anyway, which is better than nothing! And libraries can be a little bit slow like that sometimes…but at least you’ll get the books eventually. 🙂

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      • Kellyn Roth May 21, 2016 / 9:24 PM

        I still haven’t! Our library is just awful. And it’s always getting rid of all the good books. XD


      • Lana May 21, 2016 / 9:37 PM

        Aw, I’m sorry. That does not sound like a good library to have! Mine’s really good, and my school library is good for a school library, so…I don’t have anything to complain about.

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      • Kellyn Roth May 21, 2016 / 9:54 PM

        Well, I’m used to it … though I’m glad I’m getting a kindle now. I figure I can just buy all the thousands of books that weren’t in the library (or simply won’t come) without spending a ton on a paperback copy.


      • Lana May 23, 2016 / 7:09 PM

        Yay, Kindles are great! I used to have one but the screen broke. I also used this online library thing when I had my kindle so I could download books and read them without having to pay. Do you think you have anything like that?

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      • Kellyn Roth May 23, 2016 / 8:11 PM

        It actually came today. And I don’t have anything like that. I’ll have to look into it … any idea where I could find something like that or should I just, y’know, Google it? XD


      • Lana May 24, 2016 / 12:02 PM

        Yay, it finally came! Well, my online library is called Overdrive, and some other people have said they had it too, so I might check there, or maybe ask your library if they have an online/ebook version. Googling it would probably work too. 🙂

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      • Kellyn Roth May 24, 2016 / 3:39 PM

        Hmm. I’ll have to look into it. And quiz the librarians or something. XD


  2. Fin Pym May 18, 2016 / 9:13 AM

    First few days of researching has gone okay! Thankfully I didn’t spend the whole day on researching and actually got stuff done. I’m thinking of stopping by at the library later today to grab some books.
    Random “fun” fact: Crying tears of blood is physically possible and called haemolacria, and there is very little information on it (grr…)


    • Lana May 21, 2016 / 9:15 PM

      Whoa, really? *must go look this up*

      And yay, I’m glad the researching has gone okay! Books are really great for researching, but I hardly ever use them…I’m not even sure why.


  3. queenmelainiemerker May 19, 2016 / 7:15 PM

    Ooh, I really love that quote.
    I’m gonna research the timeline of technology soon! ‘Cause I’ve gotta figure out what technology my characters have and what technology’s banned. Hopefully I don’t procrastinate too long from researching, though.


    • Lana May 21, 2016 / 9:24 PM

      Thanks, I like it too! 🙂

      Ooh, that sounds awesome! I’d love to read it, since it relates to my novel (and to a lot of other authors’ novels as well, I think). Plus, it sounds really interesting. 🙂


      • queenmelainiemerker May 23, 2016 / 7:46 PM

        Well, I missed research week, but I’ll make sure to do the research and send it to you. :3


      • Lana May 24, 2016 / 12:04 PM

        Yay, okay! 😀


  4. Morgan @ studiesincharacter May 22, 2016 / 7:16 PM

    I tried to use the Citation Machine once for a school essay, and just ended up confusing myself further, so I just did the MLA the old-fashioned way.

    True story.



    • Lana May 23, 2016 / 7:00 PM

      Hehe, really? I guess it’s different for different people. I just never want to look up the format myself, so it helps with my laziness. That’s funny.


      • Morgan @ studiesincharacter June 9, 2016 / 10:17 PM

        When I was taking my English class last year, I realized there’s actually a bit of a pattern to all of it, so what I did was fill out the pattern part and then look up to see if there was anything else in particular I needed.

        I probably would use that more, though, I think I just had trouble with it that one time because I was trying to use some weird reference or something.


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