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Senior school topic template: Home

Suggested topic template to grab content from

Task outline:

Add a shortened version of the task and add full task document. Please spell check. update tags to reflect this task as it impacts search optimization.

Featured books:

Please add 5 books from the catalogue suited to this topic. Consider making purchase suggestions so that we can current print resources. When adding book from the catalogue please remove the ISBN and sort the list by call number to facilitate shelf location.

Use general search terms. You can choose the option of "Search other sources" and Oliver will search through a variety of resources. Choosing the "Advanced search" will allow you to limit to specific formats or collections e.g. Non-fiction narrative. Both of these options are right next to the search box:


Add 2-3 interesting graphics with a link going to the full online version if possible. 


Find a quiz or an interactive map. Introduce a poll. Encourage students to become involved with their topic. Suggested quiz sites include:

Is there an interactive ClickView video you could create or highlight? I often search "student interactive" with the topic to see what pops up. ReadWriteThink has a whole collection of organizers which might apply. There might be a pre-made timeline, virtual tour or 3D panorama. 

Which is the top Ancient Greek invention you couldn't live without?
Olympic Games: 1 votes (33.33%)
Maps: 0 votes (0%)
Music: 0 votes (0%)
Theatre: 0 votes (0%)
Alarm clock: 0 votes (0%)
Democracy: 2 votes (66.67%)
Mathematics: 0 votes (0%)
Wheelbarrow: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

Google image advanced search:

Online encyclopaedias:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and reliable information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Ready made citations are available.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

  • Easy-to-understand articles
  • Built-in research tool
  • Text-to-speech tool can read aloud


Search online encyclopaedias:

Online databases:

A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.

Both EBSCOhost and Gale INFOTRAC have specialized databases so use these first. 

Suggested articles would include:

You may be able to download the content to access later as well as an audio version. It is useful to listen to the audio as you highlight the text at the same time. For example:

  • Perhaps find a great article and insert it as a text document or a shared link
  • Download the matching audio and add it or as a shared link

Search EBSCOhost online database:

Research databases
Limit Your Results

Points of View Reference Centre

Points of View Reference Centre:
  • presents multiple sides of an argument
  • aimed at helping you develop persuasive arguments
  • provides overviews of controversial issues

Tick the "Full Text" box if you need the full article and not just a brief summary.

Australian/NZ Points of View
Limit Your Results

Websites: General

Add a selection of quality links at an appropriate reading level. I prefer the summary information added as a hover text. This is where time and expertise is vital. Ask teachers for any of their favourites to include if possible. Check Weblinks. If you have a large list of contenders then consider sorting your links into multiple boxes.


Google search:

Google Web Search

It is important to refine your search terms as your understandings grow and information gaps become more obvious. Make sure you regularly review your focus questions or task sheet guidelines. It is best to use Google Advanced Search to narrow your search further and save yourself time. Employ some advanced Google modifiers to avoid wasting time.

Suggested videos:

Perhaps embed 2 of the best videos but add any others as a link with a suitable thumbnail image of its source (width 30) from our shared image folder - web icons. The 'best' videos should be at the top of your list of suggestions.

YouTube search:


Tabbed box:


Could use a tabbed box to highlight a process or introduce main characters. Each tab has its its own rich content. 


Could add images or links. 


How about quotes and links to the sources?


These tabbed boxes are best for brief text or visual content. The training video talks about tabbed boxes at about 28:50 in.

Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Add at least 3 references. I cheat by using the citations from an encyclopaedia article, EBSCOhost article and create one for a book.‚Äč

Research databases
Limit Your Results
Google Web Search