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Literature Research Guide: Ebersole Reading Olympics Project

Find information about books, authors, criticisms, etc.

Day 1 To Do: Choose a book!

1. Use the resource list on Destiny to find some books that interest you. The list is titled RO Project - CP.

2. As you search, you can add books to your list (which acts as a shopping cart!).

3. Narrow down your choices and go find the book in the library

4. Check out your book and start reading!

5. Make a NoodleTools Project and cite your book in there.

Easy way to "quick cite" using ISBN number on Noodle Tools:

  1. On the destiny page for your book there should be an ISBN number under "Publication Info", copy the ISBN number
    1. If you cannot find it....
      1. ​Google the title of your book.
        1. Look for a link to the book (either amazon or site where ISBN number is present.
          1. If you are having trouble finding it on amazon, it should be under "product details"
  2. Copy and paste the ISBN number into the section of quick cite on Noodle Tools. 
  3. **Take note of edition of book if there are multiple editions of your selected text.**


Day 2 To Do: Find Author Biographical Info

1. Using the library databases, or the author's website, find 2 articles with biographical information about your author.

2. Save each article as a PDF

3. Create citations in your NoodleTools project for both articles.

4. Close read the article and take notes using the image underneath (Find information for at least 5 bubbles).

Think about these questions as you read and take notes:

How did the author's life experiences influence his/her purpose for writing - this book or in general?

Is the author's perspective influenced by events in his/her life?

Does the author use personal experience to get his/her point across in the text?

Do events in the author's life contribute to bias or propaganda in the work?

Is character development and outcome influenced by events in the author's own life?

Notes template for Day 2

Some things to take note of about your author when researching: (My advice to you): Use these as headings, start with researching these, then work your way back up to the questions in red.

  • Early life
  • Death or current situation
  • Personal details 
  • Date and place of birth 
  • Influences 
  • Other information/miscellaneous information 
  • Awards won
  • Works cited
  • Quote from/or about the author
  • Works written
  • Major life events 
  • Education

Day 3 To Do: Find news articles

1. Decide what theme or subject of your book you would like to focus on for this project.

2. Find 2 current news articles that relate to that theme/subject.



Current means between 2016-2019

Limit to full text articles

Searching for a phrase? Use quotation marks! Ex. "Concentration Camps" rather than Concentration Camps

Use more than one keyword for better results 

Reading Olympics Project Resources

Day 3 Resources

Day 1 Resources

Resources to Use

Cite your sources!