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Homework Help

Research Help

How to Use NCLive

A great research database you can use for any research project is “NC Live.”

Go to http://www.nclive.org/

Click on “change library” at the top right hand corner

Choose “Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional” and click “Next”

Type in 1000127559 for the library card number and click on “Login”

Have fun searching! So many resources at your fingertips!

- ECHS Media Center

Student Stuff

Citation Help

Using Microsoft Word's Reference Tool

Citing your sources has never been easier!  Use Microsoft Word to insert citations and easily create a Works Cited or Bibliography page for the end of your paper.  Using Word's reference tool, you can add sources as you come to them, then Word keeps them in a list until you are ready.

To being, open your Word document and begin typing your paper.  When you need to insert a quote or reference, click on the References tab at the top of Word.  Make sure the format beside Insert Citation is changed to MLA 7th Edition.  Then, click on Insert Citation, then Add New Source.  You can now type in the information in the boxes.  Once you hit OK, the in-text citation will appear where your cursor is. 

Continue doing this for each new source.  You can use Word's tool for websites, journal articles, newspaper articles, magazines, and books. 

Once you are finished with your paper and are ready to insert your Works Cited, click on the Reference tab again.  Click on Bibliography, then choose either a Bibliography or Works Cited.  Voila!  Your Works Cited page appears in alphabetical order and properly formatted.

If you have any questions about this or need further instruction, please don't hesitate to ask Mrs. Batson in the library.

Time Killers

Time Management

Planning Ahead Time Management
It's amazing how fast time can go by, keep the big picture in mind with a portable, wall or desktop calendar. At the beginning of the year (or when your teacher tells you there's a test coming up), mark all of your upcoming exams, dances, practices, games, etc. on the calendar. This not only helps you plan your schoolwork, it will actually let you organize your social life!

Helpful Hints
After a couple of weeks, you'll find that planning your time will become a habit and you will be setting yourself up for success in school. In the meantime, here are some additional tips for managing your time:

Make Time To Study
And mark this time on your calendar! Doing so helps you avoid procrastination and stops you from double-booking yourself. But, when you're studying for any length of time, remember to reward yourself with five-minute breaks and small treats. Also, set reasonable goals for yourself. If you have four chapters to review for a test, aim to be done with two chapters in time to join friends for a walk or a snack.

Always work on the most important assignments with the closest deadlines and set aside time to work on longer-term projects.

Plan Ahead
For a large project, break it down. Divide the project into several smaller steps so it doesn't appear so overwhelming. Be sure to jot down when you will work on these pieces in your calendar.

Weekly To-Do Lists
Making a list of smaller tasks lets you cross off finished items as the week progresses. Seeing all the crossed-out items is a visible reminder of your progress and an amazing motivator.

Monthly To-Do List
Larger to-do lists should be reserved for big responsibilities, like research papers and finals. As with the weekly lists, crossing off items as you accomplish them is incredibly satisfying (and a great excuse to reward yourself with a small treat).

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don't forget, everyone needs a little organizational refresher every now and then. Have confidence you can reach your organization goal! Take pride in your accomplishments and pat yourself on the back. Before you know it, your teachers, parents and friends will notice and be impressed with the newly-organized you.

Mann, Sharon. "Student Organization Tips: Organized to Learn." Articlesbase.com. Articlesbase.com, 12 July 2008. Web. 12 Sept. 2012.