Researcher’s Corner

This is a compilation of posts  I’ve written that can help with conducting research.  Relevant new posts will be added as they become available.  My plans are to add at least one new post a month.  My hope is that it will provide a great start for budding researchers and that advanced researchers might also learn a trick or two.

Conducting Research:

  1. Using Boolean Search Operators with Google:  Covers traditional Boolean and its variants.
  2. Advanced Searching Techniques:  Covers truncation, wildcards, exact phrase, and nesting.
  3. Broadening and Narrowing Searches:  Covers ways to broaden and narrow searches.
  4. Evaluating Your Sources: Covers resource evaluation techniques.
  5. Hidden Search Tips and Tricks: Provides some hidden features of Google searching, some of which are useful for research.

Places to Conduct Research:

Locating Images:

Genealogy Resources:

Presenting Research:

Favorite Websites to Reference:

Purdue Owl Writing Guide:  Great for general writing help.

Purdue Owl Citations:  Best places to go for citation help online.

  • MLA (Modern Language Association) Guidelines; most commonly used by students.
  • APA (American Psychological association) Guidelines.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines; most widely used for publications.

MU Libraries’ Basic English 1000 LibGuide: Covers many basic researching skills.

Feel free to ask questions!  I can use them to craft future “Researcher’s Corner” posts.  Also, if you have a specific question about the research process, I’ll do my best to help.

Debut:  December 5, 2012
Last edited:  February 26, 2015.

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