Internet Research to Write a Report

Before you finish your Internet search, it is a good idea to understand the research assignment. This lesson analyzes each part to identify the topics which have to be investigated.

The words in red in the left column are explained in the right column.


BIOGRAPHIES IN SCIENCE The title of the assignment indicates that you are to research a scientist. It also indicates that the biographical information has to be related to science.

Date Due: The date should be written in your assignment book and on a calendar.

Science and history are a human endeavor. Ideas of science have evolved and survived through various political, economic and social climates. The purpose of this project is to make you aware of the lives of scientists who contributed to our understanding of atomic structure. This section is a note from your teacher. It gives you the purpose for the assignment. It also states that the focus of the research is on scientists whose work eventually contributed to an understanding of the atom. 

Research the scientist you were assigned.  You have been either assigned a scientists or you selected your name. You should have both the first and last names. Check to be certain you have the correct spelling.

Write a letter to the president of the Nobel Prize committee, explaining the importance of the scientist’s work and recommending him for a Nobel Prize. This requires you to have an understanding of the nature of the scientist's work and be able to justify its importance. This section states that your final report is to be in the form of a letter. Since you will be recommending someone it will have to be a business letter. It will have to be addressed to the Nobel Committee. You may have to research this. It also says that you will have to understand what his work included and why it was important." Justify its importance" is probably the most important part of the assignment.

Attach this sheet to the front of your letter. Keep the assignment sheet in a safe place; it has to be attached to the front of your report. This means the report will not be put into plastic covers or a folder.

The last page of your report lists your bibliography with heading and proper format. You should be familiar with bibliographic format. Proper citations for electronic sources will be presented later.

_____ 10 points --- the paper briefly describes the historical period in which the scientist lived The paper will have to include some comments about other important events in world history at the time of your scientists life. You may want to research whether or not they influenced his work.

_____ 10 points --- the scientist's major contribution to science is described fully Your paper will have to include a discussion of the scientist's work and how it influenced science. Refer back to the teacher's opening paragraph.

_____ 15 points --- the paper explains why the scientist's discovery had an impact on scientific thinking and knowledge  There will have to be at least one paragraph that explains why the scientist's work influenced how other scientists thought about their work.

_____ 15 points --- the information represents thorough research  The only;y way you can show this is by the amount of facts in your paper and through your bibliography. Two sources definitely will not be adequate. You also want to show that you different points of view and different opinions about the scientist and his work.

_____ 15 points --- originality and creativity The whole paper should be unique to you and represent your ability to present information in an interesting way. This includes your own ideas, your opinions as you state them in why you think the scientist's work was important to science.

_____ 10 points --- correct bibliography You may have to research this if you have forgotten. Some bibliography information will be covered in the writing section of these lessons.

_____ TOTAL GRADE (possible points = 75) This means: if you get 70 points it will: 70/75 = 93, 65/75 = 87, 60/75 = 80.
These pages authored and maintained by Marcella Dawson. Revised 02/03/99. Copyright 1995 CRPC GirlTECH. All rights reserved. . Email your comments. These pages were developed through GirlTECH '96, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.