Online research skills

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Typically academic writing is produced after some background reading has first taken place. Therefore, it is important to know how to locate and store relevant source materials. On this page two things in particular will be focused on:

  • One, how to locate relevant research materials.
  • Two, how to store the materials (including citation information).


Presentation: Online Research Skills
Online Research Skills worksheet 01


Video: “Research Basics: Google & Google Scholar.”

Source: Camden Carroll Library. (2016) Research Basics: Google & Google Scholar. Retrieved from


General tips:

  • If the resource is an academic article, read the abstract before downloading the document (Is it actually relevant to your research question?)
  • If you save and store a resource, save at the same time its citation data