Library Skills Training Presentation :
Guide to the library’s electronic resources
Help guides for users in our electronic databases
DEWEY classification : books are organized by subjects
Search plan template
This document is a great step by step template to help you focus on your research steps.
The website Unlocking Research offerts online information about the 5 steps of research:
5- Cite Sources
For more information, check also Concordia University Library Research Training Skills Tutorial:
- Getting started : choose a research topic, come up with a search question (check ou the video) and find the right place to search
- Search basics : discover the best search techniques for finding books and articles, and what to do if you get too many or too few results
- Finding articles or books or other sources
- Reading, writing & notes : discover strategies to be more efficient and organized
- Citing : check also the videos Citation a very bref introduction, How to paraphrase, Finding the information you need to cite books and articles and Identifying a source when you are not sure what it is
They also have great information about peer reviewed articles and a video How do I know if articles are scholarly or peer-reviewed?
McGill University Library created some video tutorials on YouTube, here are a few interesting ones:
- How do I start my research?
- Asking answerable questions
- Concept mapping
- Boolean Operators
- Advanced Search Techniques
- Search strategy worksheet: subject headings search
- Search strategy worksheet: keywords search
- Where can I find scholarly journal articles on my subject? (take consideration that we don't have the same electronic databases)
- Open Access
- Zotero Tutorials : 1-Introduction 2-Collecting References 3-Attachments&Notes 4-In-text Citations 5-Footnote Citations 6-Getting Organized 7-Online Syncing 8-Group Collaboration
Here is our Guide to Boolean searching. See also InfoTrack funny video about Combining keywords with Boolean operators: the art of speaking Boolean. Check also McMaster Library video How Library Stuff Works : Boolean operators AND or NOT.
Advanced Search on the Internet
Here is our Guide to advance searching in Google and other search engines like Bing of Duck Duck Go.
Also, we recommend Socratica's great video about developing Google Search Tricks and the UofL Research Assistance & Instruction offers a video on the persistent Google Myths and Why You Should Use the Library instead.
To go further in your understanding of Google, the search engine: how it works, how to explore, how it is indexed, about the algorithms and useful answers. NewsInitiative is also great to train journalists.
Then, here is some Do's and Don't when you are using Wikipedia as a source of information by Newcastle University Library. This video also questions Wikipedia, the pros, cons and alternatives for students by the Athabasca University Library.
When you are looking for information sources, it is always important to distinguish if it is a primary, a secondary or a tertiary source. The Library of Congress as a video to help you define primary and secondary sources. See also their video on Analyzing a Primary Source.
Infographics are great resources to visualize information (if we check the primary data), per example : Information is Beautiful : COVID-19 Coronavirus infographic datapack
A Google A Day is a website that tests your research skills, with precise questions!
Then, these "I am searching for [THIS] type de information" guides will help you to find quality information sources on the web whether you are searching for information on :
- days, years, chronologies
- people and organizations (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit worldviews, experiences and knowledges)
- statistics (Libguide from librarian Michelle Lake, UConcordia) see also our guide "subjects" just above!
- patents (french ppt created by librarian Marie-Renée De Sève, ÉTS)
Also, here is a document about the types of information sources and their definitions that are available on the web and in the reference section of a library.
Finally, you will soon find out that being organized is a key to success in information research so you don't forget to take note of your sources (bibliographic info) and when you consulted them, what citations are interesting to reuse in your research paper. Here are a few videos to help you!
- Organizing and Managing Information and part 2 - Steely Library NKU
- The 6 Habits of Highly Organized People - Memorize Academy
- How I Organize My Notes, Homework, and School Files - College Info Geek (Thomas Frank)
- 5 Ways to Declutter Your Brain - Verbal to Visual
- Learn Better Online with Diigo for web bookmarks - Daryl Bambic
- 3 parts video on Diigo - Cult of Pedagogy
- Why Referencing is important - Murdoch University Library
Not everything is a reliable or valid source. Here is our Guide to evaluating resources.
See also the "Bullshit-o-meter : Should I use this source in my paper?" guide from Pascal Martinolli, librarian at the University of Montreal.
See also the McMaster University video How Library Stuff Works : How to Evaluate Resources.
To verify if a source of information is primary, secondary or tertiary, there is also a very nice video from Steely Library NKU.
Here is a table to visualize the different documentation content creators.
Printed guide (available at the library):
Jane E. Aaron & Elaine Bander (2018). The Little, Brown Essential Handbook, 9th Canadian edition, Toronto, Pearson, 295 p.
Online resources :
Unlocking Research : Unlocking Research is a guide developed to help you navigate your way through the research process from the initial definition and development of your research topic to the final citation of your sources in your bibliography. This Champlain College website was inspired by S'informer, an information literacy tool developed by Sandra Lenneville, Collège Gerald-Godin.
Concordia University Library and Research Skills Tutorial : Concordia University’s interactive tutorial designed to provide you with the necessary skills and foundations to find useful information, to evaluate it critically and to use it wisely for various purposes such as writing research papers and essays.
Purdue Online Writing Lab The Purdue OWL offers a wealth of resources including mini-guides to MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.
InfoTrack : training for Information Literacy in the form of humoristic capsules from the library of the Université de Genève:
- Guidelines for the use of quotations
- The University’s rules on plagiarism
- How to recognize plagiarism
- How to make sure you don’t plagiarize
A funny video about plagiarism sensibilisation offered by The Université of Bergen - Et Plagieringseventyr.