Having gone through school before the age of personal computers, I had to do research the old-fashioned way- at the library. And let me tell you, it required significantly more planning and work!
First, you had to plan to get to the library while it was open. Then, you had to physically search for books and articles and hope that they weren’t checked out by another student. Once you’d found the materials you needed, you then had to make sure you had enough dimes for the photocopy machine. Oh, and remember scrolling through miles of microfiche? Was I the only one who got dizzy and nauseous every time?
Nowadays, with so much online information at our fingertips, students have a plethora of instant information to choose from. However, there is still an art and a process for conducting online research. Check out these tools below to help your student streamline their searches, verify valid sources, organize and cite information.
• Tips for online research & source verification
• Zotero: Collect, organize, site and share your resources
• instaGrok: Create an interactive, customizable, fact map for any topic
• Easybib: Easily generate citations for your bibliography in a variety of formats
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