Search library databases like a pro! How to start your research process, generate synonyms & use Boolean searches.
UCI Libraries Tutorials on how to figure out your assignment, what to write about, how to find and cite resources - in short it's ALL ABOUT THE RESEARCH PROCESS.
Points of Inquiry
The BCTLA Points of Inquiry are parts of the research process that can help guide your research.
Focus your big question, investigate it efficiently and thoroughly, organize and re-organize your thoughts. Check out the student-teacher crosswalk model too.
You will produce a better quality project if you take time to carefully reflect throughout the process of doing your research assignment.
Information and tutorials:
Tutorial: Evaluating Sources
Seven forms of bias - D. Sadker, American University School of Education
Practice your evaluation skills with these sites:
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TRAILS QUIZ: Evaluating sources
QUICK QUIA QUIZ - See if you know what to consider when you look at a website.
CRAAP DETECTION WORKSHEET
Cooperative Library Instruction Project
Flash tutorials on topics from developing a topic, generating search terms, citing sources and many more ideas to help you complete your research assignment.
Have you ever searched the web and found thousands of irrelevant results?
This 10 minute tutorial from Acadia University will help you find ways to search more efficiently and tools to help you find better results.
Tutorial from Acadia University on the basics of the research process.
Credible sources count!
Has anyone ever told you: "Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear?" (Latin proverb, author unknown)
And how can we tell what's credible and what's not?
This 10 minute tutorial from Acadia University will help you learn some ways to determine the quality of the "information" you find.
Virtual Training Suite
Are you a university-bound senior student? Try the Virtual Training Suite - a set of free Internet tutorials to help you develop Internet research skills for university. Developed for university students, these interactive, teach-yourself tutorials are advanced and indepth. Go at your own pace and allow at least an hour per tutorial.
SEARCH ENGINE THAT FINDS REVIEWED RESULTS!
Try SWEET SEARCH. Link is on the home page of this site.
Google Advanced Search, Google Scholar, Google News & more.
Not all search engines are created equal!
Check out this list of search engines from Noodletools to help you choose the search engine that will work best for what you want to do. Don't forget to evaluate the sites you find.