The Top Ten Resarch Skills for Post-Secondary Success is based on research carried out at UBC and SFU. Find out more about getting started on research and the research that UBC did into helping students become information literate.
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Download the Note Making Template (Microsoft Word) (Google Doc) to simplify taking notes, citing your sources and the writing process. Find out more about how Cornell Notes can help you understand, learn and think about the information you find.
APA at the Writing Centre, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Guides to Online Library Services
Guides to Software Tools
Inspiration – powerful visual learning, graphic organization and presentation software
Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint tips and guides
Google Scholar: a search tool that allows you to search several academic databases for scholarly literature, peer reviewed papers, books, abstracts, preprints, and technical reports.http://scholar.google.ca/
Guides to Doing Research Online
Research and Documentation Online: Finding and documenting sources with sample papers in the Humanities, Social Sciences, History and Sciences, as well as tips for evaluating information and style guides.
Academic Info: A directory that adds over 200 sources each month and currently has over 25,000 sources. www.academicinfo.net
Awesome Library: Over 25,000 sources designed for teens, parents, or college students available in English and a dozen other languages. www.awesomelibrary.org
Infomine: Includes over 100,000 scholarly resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, and more that are geared to those at the college level. http://infomine.ucr.edu
Internet Public Library: Links to general subject areas and ready reference tools from almanacs and calendars to reading rooms and literary criticism. www.ipl.org
Open Directory Project: Search more than 5 million sites with over 550,000 categories.http://www.dmoz.org
Virtual Reference Library: A directory with special focus on Canadian content maintained by the Toronto Public Library. www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca
WWW Virtual Library: Links to online resources for academic subjects. http://vlib.org
Bright Planet: links to 70,000 + databases with topical information on categories such as Agriculture, Engineering, and Social Sciences. www.completeplanet.com
Resource Discovery Network: The U.K.’s free gateway contains over 70 educational and research institutions, including the British Library. Contains links to over 100,000 resources.http://www.intute.ac.uk/
Encyclopedia.com: over 55,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia (6th Edition).www.encyclopedia.com
Fact Monster: An online almanac to help you search numerous subjects including World and News, People, and Science. www.factmonster.com
University of Texas at Austin: Search almanacs, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, and more: www.lib.utexas.edu/refsites/
Check out these videos showing simple but powerful web searching strategies
More Google features such as Wonderwheel