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GLOSSARY or A LIST OF USEFUL WORDS

AUTHOR
the person who wrote (or created) something
BIB CARD
a note card that lists a single source (a book, magazine or webpage) where you found information
BIBLIOGRAPHY
a list of sources where you found information when doing research (usually sources are listed on the last page of your report)
BOGUS
something that is not true, something fake
BOOLEAN
special words that give a person more control over Search Engine results
BOT or ROBOT (see also: SPIDER)
a special computer program that Search Engines use to find information on the Internet
BRAINSTORM
an activity where you make a note of anything that comes into your mind, no matter how silly it might seem; a great way to begin a project
CALL NUMBER
a special number that helps you locate a book in a library
CAPITAL LETTERS
big letters: usually the first letter of a title or name is CAPITALIZED, or the first word of a sentence (also called UPPER CASE LETTERS)
CD(or CD-ROM)
compact disc which can be played on a computer (or sometimes on a device for listening to music)
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
the order in which things happen
CITE
to list your sources (where you got the information)
CLUSTERING METHOD
a way to take notes that uses a circle with lines radiating out from it (also called MAPPING or WEBBING)
COMPARISON
to look for both similarities and differences between two or more things
CONCLUSION
a judgment made at the end of careful study and thought
CONTRAST
to look for differences between two or more things
CREDIBLE
something that you can believe because it's true
CURRENT EVENTS
things that have happened recently
DATA
information
EMAIL (stands for "ELECTRONIC MAIL")
a method to write notes to other people on the Internet (It requires you to have a computer connected to the Internet).
EMAIL ADDRESS
where a person receives his or her email on the Internet (It requires a contract with a SERVICE PROVIDER).
ENCYCLOPEDIA
a huge collection of articles on many subjects; it can be a set of books, or a computer website or CD-ROM
ENDNOTE
a note at the end of a report that explains something in the report in more detail
ESSENTIAL
something that is very important or necessary
EVALUATE
to decide the value of something, or make a judgment about it
EXPERT
someone who knows a lot about a subject because he or she has studied it for many years
FACT
something that is true, (and usually can be proven)
FIVE-FINGER TEST
a fun way to decide if a book would be too difficult for you to read
FOOTNOTE
a note at the bottom of a page (of a report) that explains something in more detail
GENERAL
not limited or specialized, referring to a whole group (such as a class of students)
HELP
a special page on some websites where you can find assistance if you get lost or confused
INDEX
a list in the back of some books of subjects in alphabetical order (with page numbers where the subjects can be found)
INTERNET
the world wide web; actually billions of computers connected all over the world through a system of websites
KEY WORDS
important words; they will help you find information in an index or search engine
LIBRARY
a place with lots of books, magazines, resources and sometimes has computers connected to the Internet
LIBRARY CATALOG
a list of all the books and resources of a library; it's usually on a special computer in the library
LINK
a page that is connected with another page on the Internet (Usually links are underlined or in a different color. Sometimes a button or picture can be a link. The mouse pointer will turn into a hand with one finger pointing up when you roll the mouse over a link. When clicked, a link will take you to another webpage.)
LOWER CASE LETTERS
small letters
MAGAZINE
a book (usually with paper covers) that is published at regular times during the year (for example: Weekly Reader, Cricket Magazine)
ONLINE
when you are using a computer that is connected to the internet
OUTLINE
a plan or summary, which lists only the most important points
ORGANIZE
to put things in some kind of order
PASSWORD
a special word (or combination of letters and numbers) that acts like a key to let you into a website
PHOTOCOPY
a "Xerox" copy, made on a copy machine
PHRASE
a part of a sentence; a few words that describe something without being a complete sentence
PLAGIARISM
copying something without giving credit to the person who created it
PLURAL
more than one, two or more things (for instance: two dogs, some rockets)
PORTFOLIO
a packet of finished work; can be a booklet, notebook, folder
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
a special computer program that allows a person to create a slideshow, or give a report with pictures, maps and charts
PRINT COMMAND
the key or combination of keys on a computer that allows a person to print a document. On Windows systems, it's sometimes "Alt-P". On Macintosh, it's usually "Command-P".
PUBLISHER
the company that printed a book or created a website
QUERY
your question for a search engine
QUEST
a search; looking for something
QUOTATION MARKS
two little marks at the beginning and end of something copied word-for-word; they look like "this"
REFERENCE BOOK
a book that you can use to find information; a book specially written to help with research
RESEARCH
to study a subject or look for an answer to a question
RESOURCE
something that helps you
RUBRIC
a method for judging how well you do something
SCAN (also known as SKIM or SURVEY
to look across a page quickly to get an idea of the information
SEARCH
to look for something
SEARCH ENGINE
a way of looking for information on the Internet
SERVICE PROVIDER
a company that provides people with Internet connections, such as email and browsing the World Wide Web
SIMILAR
something that is like something else
SINGULAR
a single thing, only one thing (for instance: a dog or the rocket)
SOURCE
where something comes from
SPECIFIC
a particular instance or item (for example: the Space Shuttle is a specific kind of rocket)
SPIDER
not the 8-legged creature, but a special computer program that Search Engines use to find information on the Internet
STRATEGY
a plan for action
SUBJECT
what a book or article is about; the topic
SYNONYM
a word that means the same thing as another word (for instance: rocket and spaceship)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
a list of chapters, stories or articles in the beginning of some books
TEXT
words on a page
THINKING CAP
an imaginary (or real) hat that might help you think carefully about something
TITLE
the name of something: a book, article, magazine, movie, etc.
TOPIC
the main theme or subject
TOPIC LINKS
a list of subjects at the top of a webpage
TUTORIAL
a short lesson that teaches you how to do something
UPPER CASE
capital letters
URL
a website address (usually looks like this: www.mywebsite.com)
USER NAME
how you are identified on the internet (used with a password)
VENN DIAGRAM
a method of taking notes that uses two circles that overlap in the center (It's especially good for comparing two ideas).
WEBSITE
a page or collection of pages on the Internet
WORLD WIDE WEB
the Internet; actually billions of computers connected all over the world
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