Guides

Library Skills Training Presentation : 

Adventure Tourism ; Natural Sciences ; Human Sciences

Guide to the library’s electronic resources

The Cegep's students, teachers and employees can access a series of electronic resources on the library's Website. Please consult the Electronic Resources Guide. You can also check our summary table.

Help guides for users in our electronic databases

Here are documents to help you understand the specifics : Koha Scholarvox Repère(french only database) Érudit Eureka.cc Curio NFB

DEWEY classification : books are organized by subjects

Understanding classes and subclasses

000   100   200   300   400   500   600   700   800   900

Finding a book on the shelves

Search plan template

This document is a great step by step template to help you focus on your research steps.

Use Concordia's guide to understanding your writing assignment keywords and University of New Brunswick to help you define your Research Question.

The website Unlocking Research offerts online information about the 5 steps of research:

1- Develop a Topic

2- Search Strategies

3- Gather Information

4- Evaluate Information

5- Cite Sources

For more information, check also Concordia University Library Research Training Skills Tutorial:

They also have great information about peer reviewed articles and a video How do I know if articles are scholarly or peer-reviewed?

McGill University Library created some video tutorials on YouTube, here are a few interesting ones:

Boolean Searching

Here is our Guide to Boolean searching. See also InfoTrack funny video about Combining keywords with Boolean operators: the art of speaking Boolean. Check also McMaster Library video How Library Stuff Works : Boolean operators AND or NOT.

Advanced Search on the Internet

Here is our Guide to advance searching in Google and other search engines like Bing of Duck Duck Go.

Also, we recommend Socratica's great video about developing Google Search Tricks and the UofL Research Assistance & Instruction offers a video on the persistent Google Myths and Why You Should Use the Library instead.

To go further in your understanding of Google, the search engine: how it works, how to explore, how it is indexed, about the algorithms and useful answers. NewsInitiative is also great to train journalists.

Purdue University Library has a video to help you search on the web and Google Scholar (part 1).  See also Part 2. The UTS also has a video about Google Scholar Advanced Search.

Then, here is some Do's and Don't when you are using Wikipedia as a source of information by Newcastle University Library. This video also questions Wikipedia, the pros, cons and alternatives for students by the Athabasca University Library.

When you are looking for information sources, it is always important to distinguish if it is a primary, a secondary or a tertiary source. The Library of Congress as a video to help you define primary and secondary sources. See also their video on Analyzing a Primary Source.

Infographics are great resources to visualize information (if we check the primary data), per example : Information is Beautiful : COVID-19 Coronavirus infographic datapack

 

A Google A Day is a website that tests your research skills, with precise questions!

Then, these "I am searching for [THIS] type de information" guides will help you to find quality information sources on the web whether you are searching for information on :

Also, here is a document about the types of information sources and their definitions that are available on the web and in the reference section of a library.

Finally, you will soon find out that being organized is a key to success in information research so you don't forget to take note of your sources (bibliographic info) and when you consulted them, what citations are interesting to reuse in your research paper. Here are a few videos to help you!

Evaluating Resources

Not everything is a reliable or valid source. Here is our Guide to evaluating resources.

See also the "Bullshit-o-meter : Should I use this source in my paper?" guide from Pascal Martinolli, librarian at the University of Montreal.

See also the McMaster University video How Library Stuff Works : How to Evaluate Resources.

To verify if a source of information is primary, secondary or tertiary, there is also a very nice video from Steely Library NKU.

Here is a table to visualize the different documentation content creators.

Methodology Guides

Printed guide (available at the library):

Jane E. Aaron & Elaine Bander (2018). The Little, Brown Essential Handbook, 9th Canadian edition, Toronto, Pearson, 295 p.

    

Online resources :

Unlocking Research : Unlocking Research is a guide developed to help you navigate your way through the research process from the initial definition and development of your research topic to the final citation of your sources in your bibliography. This Champlain College website was inspired by S'informer, an information literacy tool developed by Sandra Lenneville, Collège Gerald-Godin.

Concordia University Library and Research Skills Tutorial :  Concordia University’s interactive tutorial designed to provide you with the necessary skills and foundations to find useful information, to evaluate it critically and to use it wisely for various purposes such as writing research papers and essays.

Purdue Online Writing Lab The Purdue OWL offers a wealth of resources including mini-guides to MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

InfoTrack : training for Information Literacy in the form of humoristic capsules from the library of  the Université de Genève:

 A funny video about plagiarism sensibilisation offered by The Université of Bergen - Et Plagieringseventyr.