You are on target when you state that this is a question of content, not tools. Beyond that, however, it involves critical thinking about research. Teaching kids to read one article, poem, story in the light of another previously read and to see connections is challenging. We are asking them to read broadly and to see connections, two things my students have always resisted. But if we are to REALLY teach research, that is what we must teach, not just how to use library databases and make an accurate citation. I love it that you are working on this skill through blogging. If only students realize that they do this same connective writing any time they do authentic research.
Enjoyed your post!
Connie Lindsey
Pearl of the Concho Writing Project