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ELD Lab / Sheltered Research


Setting Up Noodle Tools

-Team captain will create new MLA Advanced project and name it with team number and subject.

Example: C8 Three Strikes Law

-Team captain will share to dropbox called 2015 Curry DEBATES Per __

-Team captain will share with all other members in the group - share with Noodle Tools usernames

-Calendar chair: Enter due dates in To Do List Area

-Secretary: Enter full debate Question in Dashboard area

Beginning Your Research

use Aff, Neg, or Back tags on your note cards

Drinking Age from

Homework - go to SIRS

login with:



click the orange button

NY Times - Police using Drones

The Guardian newspaper - Police Using Drones

Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoed Drone Bill

ACLU - Domestic Drones

The Drones are Coming

OMAM Research

1. One person sets up Noodle Tools for your group. 

  • MLA
  • Advanced
  • Dropbox is: 2014 Curry OMAM per 2 or per 4
  • share with the other students in your group

2. Each person finds and cites 2 credible, relevant sources by 6pm Thursday

3. For each citation fill in:

  • Website name
  • Publisher
  • Date last updated
  • URL
  • Author (creator)
  • Article title

The Credibility Spectrum

Credible means: Coming from a trusted source and/or backed up by information from other trusted sources. This means the sources has a good reputation and reliable information.

Some types of sources are generally more credible than others. Look at the list below. The types of sources at the top of the list are generally more credible than the sources at the bottom of the list. 


  • Academic journals, original research, studies, official reports
  • .edu or .gov sites (although watch out for student work or outdated info)
  • educational websites or non-profit research organizations or foundations (examples: museums, libraries, non-profit research)


  • well-regarded news or magazine sources (watch out for opinion or bias)

LEAST CREDIBLE - follow information back to the original source!!

  • Wikipedia or other websites that collect a lot of information from elsewhere (like Huffington Post or Buzzfeed)
  • blogs or social media
  • random websites with no author information or sources


Questions you should ask to see if websites are credible:

  • Who is the author or organization who wrote this? Can I trust them? What is their reputation?
  • Where did the information come from and did the info come from credible sources?
  • Is this from a source at the top of the credibility spectrum (academic journal article, .edu or .gov, educational non-profit organization or well-known news source)?
  • Is the information from the date range I want?