Research Fundamentals

Find information on the following topics below:

  1. Topic Formulation
  2. Mind Mapping
  3. Database Search Strategies
  4. Types of Resources
  5. ‘Scholarly’ Articles
  6. Where to Find Resources

1. Topic Formulation

The Good Paper : A Handbook for Writing Papers in Higher Education


2. Mind Mapping

Fit to print : the Canadian student's guide to essay writing

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By Joanne Buckley


3. Database Search Strategies

Improve your search skills with these videos outlining search strategies and tips for the major database vendors below.

Check out Tips for Database Searching    and learn strategies for navigating databases.

4. Types of Sources

Check out Types of Resources and how to Search Library Resources with tips from The Learning Portal!

Physical Sources

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.


Subject related videos can be located using the catalogue, and obtained from Media Services by the Library entrance. Try our videos search page to discover home and campus use videos.

Online Sources

Use a variety of information sources, including:

Library Databases

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.

Government Sites

Find facts, statistics and reports.

i.e.:  Government of Canada, Statistics Canada, Industry Canada,,  and United Nations.


Find out more from The Learning Portal: Search the Web

5. ‘Scholarly’ Article

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.

6. Where to Find Resources