Free Access to the Financial Times

Screen Shot of the Financial Times website on Tuesday January 16th 10:05 am JST.

Congratulations! The Financial Times has granted free access to its publication for YIS staff and students aged 16-19. While on campus, anyone can access it using our network; however, if you’d like to access it off campus, just sign up for a free account using this link.

This will give you access to the FT from anywhere, allow you to download and use the FT app and other tools. You’ll also receive a weekly email containing content and classroom ideas recommended by teachers and FT editors.

Grade 10: Edo Period Research

Today we will be working on exploratory research for your historical investigation on the Edo period of Japan. Effective researchers use a variety of academic sources in their research. To start, you can use Wikipedia for academic research, but maybe not in the way that you think. Watch this video to see how Wikipedia can be your trampoline into databases and digital libraries.

Now that you’ve developed a list of search terms, keywords, people and dates, it’s time to dive into the real academic resources. Do you know NOTHING about your topic beyond the quickie Wiki overview? Get background information on your topic by searching Encyclopaedia Britannica. (The first two minutes are most relevant to you. After that it gets kind of promotion-y.) You can access Encyclopaedia Britannica by going to our new YIS Library Research Portal. Get the password from your librarian.

Once you’ve got a basic understanding of your topic, it’s time to research using more sophisticated academic tools. Watch the tutorials and complete the “scavenger hunt” for these resources.

After this session, your class is going to be well prepared for next weeks’ field trip. Share something you learned today on our Padlets:

Interesting Edo Research padlet – Group 1

Interesting Edo research padlet – Group 2

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