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Advanced Research Skills: Conducting Literature and Systematic Reviews

A short course for graduate students to increase their proficiency in conducting research for literature and systematic reviews. After taking the mini-course graduate students will understand how to conduct their review, how to execute appropriate searches, manage their results, and demonstrate strategic reading skills. Module 1 provides a quick overview of the different types of academic reviews and the steps involved in conducting them. Module 2 demonstrates how to formulate a research question and how to search for sources. Module 3 discusses how to select and organize sources. Finally, Module 4 outlines techniques for reading and assessing the quality of sources. The course contains interactive H5P activities for students to test their learning. Students have access to a workbook of reflective activities to document their research process. The intended outcome is to ensure graduate students understand how to conduct and manage their own research for their academic success and future careers.

Includes: Research Roadmap Workbook [Google Doc – make a copy]

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, 1st Canadian Edition

Canadian adaptation by the University of Regina, with engaging graphics, compelling examples, and easy-to-understand explanations that make Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, a valuable, open-access resource for completing research-based writing assignments and projects. Students will be better equipped to tackle the challenges of developing research questions, evaluating and choosing the right sources, searching for information, avoiding plagiarism, and much more.

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Doing Research: A Student’s Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources

This Canadian textbook takes a modules-based approach to learning research skills that emphasizes the reflective nature of information discovery, the contextual basis for evaluating that information, and a recognition that information has value. Reviews available through the Open Textbook Library.

Includes: Activities and exercises

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Engineering and Information: Research Skills for Engineers

This book, Engineering and Information: Research Skills for Engineers, is intended to expand experiential learning course offerings for undergraduate students through a series of interactive modules. The developed resource includes seven independent modules that focus on essential skills for engineering including how to find, understand, evaluate, and document information sources that are commonly used by engineers such as journal articles, patents, standards/guidelines, books, and webpages.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Health Professions Education Research Primer

This is a joint project between the McMaster Education Research, Innovation, and Theory (MERIT) unit, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development, and the McMaster Masters in Health Sciences Education program. This e-book has been published via McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Office of Continuing Professional Development. This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Library 160: Introduction to College Level Research

You will learn how scholarly information is produced, organized, and accessed; how to construct and use effective search strategies in a variety of web tools and scholarly databases; how to choose finding tools appropriate to the type of information you need; critical thinking skills in the evaluation of resources; and best practices in the ethical use of information.

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices

This book is designed to introduce doctoral and graduate students to the process of scientific research in the social sciences, business, education, public health, and related disciplines. It is a one-stop, comprehensive, and compact source for foundational concepts in behavioral research, and can serve as a stand-alone text or as a supplement to research readings in any course on research methods.

The contents and examples are designed for anyone interested in behavioral research (not just information systems people), and so, the book should appeal to most business programs, social sciences, education, public health, and related disciplines. Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.

This guide will show you how to use date filters to find the source of viral content, how to assess the reputation of a scientific journal in less than five seconds, and how to see if a tweet is really from the famous person you think it is or from an impostor. It’ll show you how to find pages that have been deleted, figure out who paid for the website you’re looking at, and whether the weather portrayed in that viral video actual matches the weather in that location on that day. It’ll show you how to check a Wikipedia page for recent vandalism and how to search the text of almost any printed book to verify a quote. It’ll teach you to parse URLs and scan search result blurbs so that you are more likely to get to the right result on the first click. And it’ll show you how to avoid baking confirmation bias into your search terms.

Licence: CC BY 4.0


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