Research

The Research page offers information on how to do research, research tools, and books in the DTL on how to do research.

This tutorial introduces students to research basics.  Topics include:

  • What are primary, secondary, tertiary resources?
  • What is a credible resource?
  • Parsing assignment questions

Research Tutorial: Recognizing the Potential in Your Search Results (UNC)

This tutorial from the UNC helps you to research with an open mind.


Research Tutorial: Building Your Knowledge Base (UNC)

Talks about how to develop the information you would to research.


Research Management Tools

  • DTL Worldcat DiscoveryUsers can create an account in WorldCat in order to save items in a list (akin to a shopping cart) and export lists as citations or by email.
  • Google Drive – Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. It allows users to store files on their servers, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, which are a part of an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive.
  • DropboxLike Google Drive, Dropbox provides free cloud storage for any file format, can serve as an “online flash drive” and synchronizing file backup system.
  • Google Keep – Google Keep lets you quickly take and save notes, photos, voice memos, and checklists to Google Drive, and then access them again on any other web-connected device you use. It’s ideal for quick note-taking on the go, anyone who appreciates simple, fast note-taking tools or to-do apps, or for saving notes on the desktop that you know you’ll need on your phone, like research notes, course notes, shopping lists, addresses, phone numbers, checklists and to-do lists, or conference call codes.
  • EvernoteEvernote is an information repository which functions primarily to store links, recordings, typed notes, attached files, and visited websites. We encourage the use of Evernote to collect the various miscellaneous digital resources you discover.
  • InstapaperInstapaper allows students to save all of the interesting articles and videos they find. With one click, Instapaper lets you save, read, and manage the things you find on the Internet. Instapaper is available on the iPhone, Android, and in your web browser.