The Purdue Owl’s Guide to Research includes the following helpful sites:
- A basic overview of the research process
- A guide to conducting primary research
- Examples of how to properly evaluate sources
- A guide on how to search the internet
- Links to many creditable internet sources
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:
- Identify and Develop your Topic
- Find Background Information
- Use Catalogs to Find Books and Media
- Use Indices to Find Periodical Articles
- Find Additional Internet Resources
- Evaluate What you Find
- Cite What you Find Using a Standard Format
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:
The Purdue Owl has numerous help guides on how to use research
- Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing: What’s the Difference?
- Paraphrasing exercises
- Citing Internet Sources
- How to avoid Plagiarism
- Citation Style Chart
Did you know that EasyBib has more than a citation machine? It also features guides and picture presentations for the following concerns:
- How to Tell if You’re Plagiarizing
- Website Credibility
- Basic Visual formatting (fonts, color scheme, consistent design, etc. This site is very helpful for PowerPoint!)
- Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
- Paraphrasing, Patchwriting, and Direct Quotes
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:
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:
- MLA Style
- Formatting and Style (Page setup)
- Basics of in-text citations
- How to format quotations
- Have to do Endnotes and Footnotes in MLA? There is a Way!
- How to format your Works Cited page
- How to cite books
- How to cite Periodicals (Journals and Magazines)
- How to cite Electronic Sources
- Some other common sources and ways to cite them
- (Like Interviews and Movies)
- MLA and abbreviations
- Sample Works Cited Page
- Sample Paper
- Power Point and MLA
- APA Style
- Basic Formatting
- Basic and Advanced in-text citations
- APA Footnotes and Endnotes (yes they exist!)
- Reference List: Basics
- Reference List: Author/Authors
- Reference List: Articles in Periodicals
- Reference List: Books
- Reference List: Other Print Sources
- Reference List: Electronic Sources
- Reference List: Other Non-Print Sources
- APA Sample Paper
- Chicago/ Turabian Style
- Here are handy official Web sites:
This is a valuable short presentation on when and where to use in-text citations, depending on the information used.