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Research skills 1
Research skills 1
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Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
Research skills 1
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  • 1. Research Skills: Day 1
  • 2.
  • 3. Boolean Operators
    Work smarter...not harder!
    Boolean operators allow you to narrow your search to specific
    This can be very
    helpful in avoiding
    information overload.
  • 4. Boolean Operators
  • 5. Boolean Operators
    The THREE most common operators are AND, OR, and NOT.
    It is often best to
    capitalize them when
    doing your search.
  • 6. Boolean Operators
    OR is used to join related terms. It instructs the search tool to retrieve any record that contain either (or) both of the terms you are researching.
    Question: I am just interested in information on post secondary studies.
  • 7. Boolean Operators
    AND is used to join words or phrases when both (or all) the terms must appear in the items you retrieve. This allows for a smaller set of results and more focussed research.
    Question: I'm interested in the relationship between poverty and crime.
  • 8. Boolean Operators
    NOT is used to exclude words from your search results. This allows you to eliminate unrelated items and it narrows your search to relevant information.
    Question: I want information about cats, but I don't want to see any information about dogs.
  • 9. Boolean Operators
    In addition, quotation marks " "
    can be very useful when doing a
    search. If you use quotation marks you will be asking the search engine to find an exact phrase.
    This is VERY handy as you are telling the computer to find something very specific,
    but you need to have a phrase in mind.
  • 10. For the purpose of your research project, you will be required to use a minimum of 3 different websites to find your information.
    Why use multiple sites? To verify your information!
    NOTE: Wikipedia is
    NOT to be one of
    your sourced sites.
  • 11. Works Cited Page
    Why use a Works Cited page?
    A Works Cited page tells your readers where you found your information. By crediting your sources, you avoid plagiarism. After all, should credit go where it is due?
  • 12. Works Cited Page
    In this case, as you are relying on the Internet for your research, the main information you have to make note of as you research is:
    ·The title of the article
    ·The name of the author and/or editor (if applicable)
    ·The date of creation (if applicable)
    ·The URL (you can abbreviate the address)
    ·The Date of access
  • 13. Works Cited Page
    The information is then put in the following format:
    Last name, First name (of author). "Title of the Article" (in quotation marks). Date of creation. <URL> Date of access.
    Even the punctuation marks must be appropriately used.
    The citations are listed on your Works Cited page in alphabetical order by the first word of the citation.
  • 14. Works Cited Page
    Let's do a sample citation together...
    Title: Challenged Books and Magazines
    Author: Canada Council for the Arts
    Date of creation: February, 2011
    Date of access: April 21, 2011
    What should the citation look like?
  • 15. Works Cited Page
    Canada Council for the Arts. "Challenged Books and Magazines." February 2011. <> April 21, 2011.
  • 16. Doing the Research:
    Finding Important Information
    Finding important information relies on making inferences and connections.
    You have to distinguish between FACT and OPINION.
    Consider what you know about the topic, and what questions you want to answer.
    Read headings and subheadings, which will help you determine the overall theme.
    Remember, do NOT copy down, or highlight, everything.
  • 17. Let's Practice...
    As we read this excerpt together, we'll pick out the key information that might be useful later on...
  • 18. Now it's your turn...
    ·Read your article.
    ·Highlight important information.
    ·You will get together with others who have read
    your article to share what you deemed
    ·You will copy the important points onto another
    page - this will be useful for an activity we are
    completing tomorrow.
  • 19. Attachments
    The Big Bang Theory - The Pirate Solution - Part 2 - Raj wor.mp4
    Web Search Strategies in Plain English.mp4