SIRS WORKSHEET Name_______________________ Period______________________ Date___________ 1. Go to web browser. At location type the following address: http://sks.sirs.com 2. On the homepage under Pro vs. Con, "Leading Issues", select global warming. What are the suggested keywords for this topic? ___________________ _________________ _____________ __________________ _______________ ___________. Under Pro/Con, read the opposing viewpoints about global warming. Select a position and write a "thesis statement" in your own words for a paper supporting your selected position. 3. There are eight different varieties of sources of information on the topic. What are four of them? _________________________________ __________________________________ _________________________________ ___________________________________ 4. Select Newspaper articles and open to the first article. Give the title of the first article. ____________________________________________ List at least 3 descriptors associated with the article. ______________________________ _____________________________________ _________________________________ 5. Return to article and click on Source. What does n. p. indicate? __________________ What is the correct MLA abbreviation for this? ____________________________ 6. Return to the list of articles. Choose WebSelect Sites. Notice the large number of descriptors attached to each site. Give the URL and name of one of the sites.___________________________________ ___________________________________________ 7. Would the above activity give a researcher some direction for Graduation Exit Research? ________ Please remember that the more descriptors/keywords you can think of the more you can either broaden or narrow your search. 8. At the SIRS Homepage (see icon in left corner at top of page), select Sirs Researcher. In addition to the Quick and Advanced Searches and Topic Browse options, note and select the Database Features at the top. Select World Almanac Excerpts. Choose States of Union, North Carolina, and then select history. When North Carolina was a province, its congress was the first in colonial America to 2 vote for what? _____________________________________ Select Famous North Carolinians and pick one person whose profession you do not know. You may have to Google this! Whom did you pick? ______________________________ What is his/her profession? __________________________________________ 10. At SIRS Homepage, select Sirs Government Reporter. Under Domestic Affairs select Census 2000. Select Census 2000 Basics. When was the United States Census first taken? ___________ How many people did it count? ____________. Scroll far down the page to Census 2000 Briefs. Select AGE: 2000. What percent of the 2000 Census population was under 18? ((It's a lot of you!)_______ 11. Continuing in Sirs Government Reporter, under Database Features select U. S. Congress. Under State select North Carolina. Under Office Held select Representative. How many representatives does N.C. have? ______________ This is why the Census is important. Our correct representation is dependent upon a correct census! 12. At the Homepage, select SIRS WebSelect. Select the browse topic Literature. How many topics are listed under Literature? ____________________ 13. Select Literary Criticism. Select Quick Search and type in Abraham Cowley, poet and essayist. What did he introduce to English Poetry? _______________________________ 14. Go back and select Authors and Poet. Do a Quick Search of Carl Jung searching only In SIRS Renaissance and SKS WebSelect. Check and View Checked Subjects. Select Reference and click his name. What was Jung’s nationality? _______What was his profession? ___________________ With what other famous practitioner did he collaborate? __________________________ (They eventually became antagonists.) Go to Mrs. Mann or Mrs. Purtill and properly pronounce Carl’s last name after you log off. (You want to be able to do this before you go to college!) 15. Return to the SIRS homepage and log off the computer. Competency Goal 1: The student media assistant will demonstrate proficiency in the EXPLORATION of primary and secondary sources.