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 http://www.citationmachine.net/ 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! 😀