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Gill St. Bernard's Upper School Library: 9th Grade Research Project

Part of the 9th Grade Seminar class is a research project that culminates in a speech. Finding sources, note taking and organizing, and public speaking are skills that will be taught and emphasized.

Types of information sources

This project will use a variety of information sources. At least one primary source and one realia are required.


Primary source: Information taken directly from a person, event, location, or material at the time of occurrence. Examples of a primary sources are historic documents, letters, eye witness accounts, speeches, and art objects. An interview of an expert in the field can also be a primary source.

Secondary source: Information that interprets and conjectures upon primary sources. These sources are often published works, such as, magazines and books.

Tertiary source: Secondary source information that has been reinterpreted or retold.

Realia: Is an object that belongs to the topic. A presentation on Japanese food might have sushi as realia.

Upper School Library Catalog


NoodleTools icon    What is NoodleTools?

NoodleTools is an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking and authentic research. Students stay organized as they evaluate information, build accurate citations, archive source material, take notes, outline topics, and prepare to write. The classroom environment allows librarians and teachers to provide feedback, monitor individual contributions to group work, and view statistics about source use. In contrast to an auto-cite, auto-evaluate product, we support students to engage deeply in research and produce original work. 


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