Research Guides & Tools
Start off your research right by following the
Subject & Course Guides
to find the best databases and other resources for a given subject area.
Having trouble coming up with the right terms to search? Try
handout to figure out your topic, identify words to search with, find the information you need, and cite your sources in a bibliography.
Learn how to use
Google Scholar for Research and Citation Tracking
The Seven Deadly Sins of Plagiarism
in this PowerPoint presentation from the library at Dickinson College.
Finding Scholarly Sources
- a three-page handout with tips on locating and identifying scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles.
7 Things You Should Know About...
- "provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices."
How to Evaluate the Information You Find
- a two-page handout outlining some helpful criteria for evaluating information sources of all types (PDF).
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
(interactive diagram; produced by NCSU Libraries)
Best Search Tools Chart
- a two-page chart with links to a variety of Internet search tools and notes on their characteristics and searching rules.
Developing a Research Topic: Brainstorming Chart
- A brainstorming activity on how to narrow down topics (the next page has an interactive or printable version of the chart).
Research Project Calculator
- an interactive planning tool to help you follow the steps needed for an excellent research project in a timely manner.
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