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Research:
The Purdue Owl’s Guide to Research includes the following helpful sites:

Brigham Young University features a useful guide to the research process, including the following information:

San Francisco State University has produced a PowerPoint with audio to help create a Research Strategy
Cornell University has published The Seven Steps of the Research Process which includes the following helpful sites:

It is important to keep in mind is that there are different kinds of research:
Here is a PowerPoint that talks about some of the different types of research strategies.
The Webpage has a quick summary of the key features of various research strategies.
Some other useful research sites include the following:

  • Dogpile: Dogpile is a metasearch engine, meaning that it searches for results from more than one search engine—like Google and Yahoo at the same time.
  • DOAJ: DOAJ, or the Directory of Open Access Journals, is a special search engine that collects results from all of the open-access accredited journals available on the web.
  • DMOZ: DMOZ is a directory of the Web. Think of it as an index. Have to write a science paper? Don’t have a topic? Come here and click on science.
  • A Research Guide for Students: This site has some useful links meant to help students with research papers.
  • Do you know what Boolean is? Click here to learn about the basic operating language of all search engines and to get better at using Google!
  • Need some quick information on how to evaluate the credibility of an Internet source? Click here to figure out how to tell if a site is credible
  • Don’t forget about Google Books and Google Scholar
  • Some Basic Research Tip Sites:

 
Using Research:
The Purdue Owl has numerous help guides on how to use research

Did you know that EasyBib has more than a citation machine? It also features guides and picture presentations for the following concerns:

Having a hard time with paraphrasing? Here are a few paraphrasing quizzes that can help to get an idea of how to correctly rephrase an original source.
The following are from the University of Southern Mississippi:
            Quiz 1
            Quiz 2
McGraw-Hill shares the following information:
MLA Paraphrasing Quiz
How to tell is something is Common Knowledge and attendant Quiz
How to use Quotation Marks, some examples, and attendant Quiz
Some examples of correct and incorrect Paraphrases and attendant Quiz
Reference Style Guides
The Purdue Owl has these links to different Reference Guides:

This is a valuable short presentation on when and where to use in-text citations, depending on the information used.