Research Skills

Crossword Puzzle Exercise
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Word Bank: ABC, back, contents, definition, dictionary, entry, front, guide, ideas, index, name, order, plagiarism, plan, review, tell, three

Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number.
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3. To avoid plagiarism, don't copy complete sentences or paragraphs from a book. Instead, jot down the important phrases and _____.
4. An index is arranged in ABC _____.
5. The meaning of a word.
7. The research process has _____ steps: plan, do, and review.
8. Before you begin a research project, you should _____ what you want your project to look like and decide what materials and supplies you need.
10. The index is found in the _____ of most nonfiction books.
11. Before you finish a research project, you should _____ your work and ask yourself the following questions: Is your project neat and free of mistakes? Did you do everything you were asked to do? What could you do differently to make your project better next time?
15. The bold words found in each column of a dictionary are called _____ words. These are the words you are looking up in a dictionary.
16. When you do research, you should always tell where you got your information from. An easy way to do this is to write down the title of the book, the author's _____, and the page you found the information on.


1. When you copy someone else's ideas or work and say that it's your work.
2. A Table of _____ lists the subjects of the book and their page numbers in the order they appear in the book.
5. A book that tells what words mean, how they are spelled, how to say them, and how they are used in a sentence.
6. When you are doing research, be sure to _____ your audience what book, magazine, or Internet site you got your information from.
9. The words in a dictionary are in _____ order.
12. An _____ tells what page a particular subject can be found on in a nonfiction book.
13. The bold words at the top of the dictionary page that guide, or lead you to the correct page are called _____ words.
14. The Table of Contents is found in the _____ of most nonfiction books.