Practice with this Online Resources and Research Sources Worksheet to improve the speed with which you conduct research online to improve your overall research writing. By completing 10 exercises, you get a feel for how to navigate these resources to improve how you access them.
Additional Online Resources for Research Sources
For each of the exercises below, follow the individual instructions in each, and answer any questions if they are asked.
Choose a topic that interests you (in vague terms). Record the topic in the below space.
Find an eBook or eText that relates to the topic you identified in exercise #1. Provide the bibliographic information below.
Find a reference resource, and find a piece of information that relates to the topic you identified in exercise #1. List it below.
Using an image database, find an image that relates to the topic you identified in exercise #1. Provide the URL to the image.
Visit your library’s website, and look for its online catalog. Use the online catalog to find a potential source or the topic you identified in exercise #1. Record the bibliographic information for the source in the space below.
Use a research guide by subject to explore the broad topic you identified in exercise #1. Spend a little time reading through the guide you select, and list two areas within the topic that are viable paths to narrowing the topic. List them both below.
Which of the additional online resources you used in exercises #2 through #6 do you think would be the most helpful in shaping your research or narrowing your topic? Explain your answer.
Can you think of any additional sources of online resources that were not covered in the article that correspond to these exercises? Write your answer in the below space.
What benefits do you think you would realize in using these resources for parts of your research? Explain your answer.
Which of the five additional online resources do you think would yield the most reliable information or material for a research paper, or are they all equal? Explain your answer.