Research @ Your Library

ESA Library Website

Before you proceed with any research you should visit the ESA Library website.  Students are strongly encouraged to bookmark this website on any computer they use regularly.

From this site all students have access to:

  • encyclopedias,
  • online databases,
  • newspapers,
  • eBooks,
  • images and media, as well as
  • the Research Toolkit.

Some of the content is password protected.  Students should have received a Library bookmark containing all of the necessary passwords for home use.  Any student who does not have a copy of the bookmark should visit the Library to collect one for themselves.

For additional assistance beyond what is available through the Library website, students should navigate their way through the rest of the pages listed under Research @ Your Library (return to homepage).


The Research and Inquiry Process

ESA has a strong cross curricular emphasis upon the teaching, and learning, of the Research and Inqiury Process.

Why the emphasis on Research and Inquiry Skills? Check out this video, by Dr. Tony Wagner, about the 7 Skills Students Need for Their Future. The video is approx 29 minutes long, but worth the viewing.

The Skills Students Must Have

So if you’re not able to sit down and watch the full video below, here’s a quick rundown of the student skills Wagner recommends (from a posting on Edudemic).

  1. Critical thinking and problem-solving
  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  5. Effective oral and written communication
  6. Accessing and analyzing information
  7. Curiosity and imagination

If you are interested, you can read, show and/or share the companion Power Point presentation, titled The Global Achievement Gap, at Slideshare.


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