Find information on the following topics below:
- eBook: The good paper : a handbook for writing papers in higher education, by Lotte Rienecker [and others].
- Video Tutorial: How to Improve Your Search
- Online PDF: Mind Mapping (from the University of Adelaide) Discover the benefits of mind mapping and how it can aid the academic essay writing process. Examples and diagrams included.
- eBook: Idea mapping : how to access your hidden brain power, learn faster, remember more, and achieve success in Business
By Jamie Nast
By Joanne Buckley
Improve your search skills with these videos outlining search strategies and tips for the major database vendors below.
Reference Books: include encyclopedias, dictionaries, manuals, and reports.
Start research here to find background information on your topic and learn key concepts and subject specific vocabulary. Reference type books can now be found throughout the book stacks.
Books: include textbooks, single-subject books, compilations, readers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, manuals, and reports
Find more in-depth information on topic, varying points of view, overview and analysis. Check Table of Contents and Index for specific topics.
Print Journals: Scholarly and Trade
Available on the Library’s 1st floor mezzanine, journals provide the latest information on specific topics. *See ‘5. Scholarly Article’ below for more.
Use a variety of information sources, including:
Use databases to find specific, detailed information on a topic. Find academic articles, qualitative and quantitative research studies, dissertations, press releases, and more.
Search with key words in the “Advanced Search” option.
Databases can lead you to articles in newspapers, magazines, and scholarly and trade journals.
- Video Tutorial: What are Databases?
Find facts, statistics and reports.
i.e.: Government of Canada, Statistics Canada, Industry Canada, USA.gov, and United Nations.
Learn to find reliable, quality information on the internet. Look for Coverage, Objectivity, Currency, Origin, Accuracy. See the handout below:
What are “Scholarly” Articles?
Scholarly articles are written by experts in their subject field and generally undergo a “peer-review” process to ensure the reliability of information. They are found in Academic (Scholarly) Journals which can be accessed through the Library Databases.
Academic Journals, Trade Journals and Magazines are all examples of periodicals.
- Handout: Types of Periodicals
- Video Tutorial: What is a Peer-Reviewed Article?
- Website: Anatomy of a Scholarly Article