Research Tips and Strategies
Think about your topic. Ask yourself exactly what you need to find out. Is your topic too broad or too narrow? Clearly define your topic by identifying the main concepts or keywords.
Check an encyclopedia to get an idea of what your topic is about.
Search the Library catalogue using keywords for your topic to discover books, films, and CDs.
Information databases allow you to find current information found in newspaper, magazine, and academic journal articles about your topic. You can search these databases individually. Use your keywords.
If you've never used an information database, find out more about them.
Search the Internet using keywords for your topic. A good place to start is the Research section of this website to find recommended websites in the online subject guides that are based on the high school curriculum.
Evaluate the information you have collected from the Internet. Is it coming from a reliable source? Is the information correct? Does it match the information you found in steps 2, 3 and 4?
Here are some great citation sources for you to use:
APA citation style is generally required for social and behavioural research papers. American Psychological Association provides style guides and tips.
Make citation machine generate standard MLA and APA citations.
Dr. Abel Scribe PhD
Dr. Abel Scribe's Guides to Research Style and Documentation are concise guides to formatting and documenting research papers in AMA, APA, ASA, CBE, Chicago, and MLA style. The APA Web Sheet PDF and MLA Web Sheet PDF explain how to format Internet sources.
What is plagiarism? This site has tips for planning, writing, and citing sources properly in your papers to avoid plagiarizing.
At any step, you may ask a librarian for help. That's what we're here for!