Welcome to the Research Tips page where you will find resources that will help you develop the skills to do effective research for your class assignments. You will find videos that explain some important concepts you will encounter while doing research.

How to Search Your Library Catalogue

An important first step is knowing how to search your library catalogue.  The library catalogue can be found on the Idea Exchange website at https://ideaexchange.org/search-landing

Tips on how to search the library catalogue can be found here.

Using Gale Infotrac Databases

This video reviews the important features of Gale databases that your Learning Commons subscribes to.  How to search, how to limit or broaden searches as well as many of the other features of the databases are covered.

Know Your Sources

Class assignments often require articles from academic journals. What is the difference between an article from a scholarly journal and a magazine?  This video explains the difference:

Peer Review – What does it mean?

Your teacher may ask you to find articles that have been peer-reviewed. But what does that mean?

This short video explains the process and why it is so important to your research.

Evaluating Online Resources

Evaluating information, whether it be from news sites, social media, journals, video or images, is critical in the post-truth era. Students are encouraged to become fact checkers and to use critical thinking skills when using online resources. Be a critical consumer of online information!

This video gives some tips on spotting fake news:

Use this infographic to help you spot fake news. Most fake news is generated to evoke strong emotions such as anger, hate or fear. Fake news that succeeds in this way, usually spreads virally. Get into the habit of checking your emotions.

This video from Georgian College identifies some sources of content on the web and offers a few tips on how to access good content:

Citation

It is important to cite any ideas, opinions, facts, statistics, graphs, images, data, written or spoken quotations or other pieces of information that are not your own.  If you use another person’s work and do not cite it you are plagiarizing their work. Penalties can range from having to redo the assignment to getting a failing grade. Learn how to cite!

There are many different styles of citation. Use the style your teacher has requested for your course assignment.

If you want to understand citation styles more thoroughly check out this video.

Use these citation guides from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to help you cite sources used in your paper:

APA Citation Guide (6th Edition): Use to cite sources in the social sciences and sciences.

MLA Citation Guide: Use to cite sources in humanities and language arts.

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide: Use to cite sources in history, business and the fine arts.

Note: all of the school Gale Databases and Gale eBooks offer automatic source citations in MLA (8th Edition). Use the Citation Tool to change to APA (6th Edition) or Chicago (17th Edition).