Research tips and suggestions
Search Engines: Google may be the most famous, but it is definitely not the only search engine around. Different search engines give different results, so if you are doing serious web-based searching, trying a variety of search engines makes sense.
Here is an explanation of meta-search engines
Some search engine options:
Ask - can search using questions
Ask For Kids - a kid friendly search engine
Dogpile - a metasearch engine that searches Google, Bing, Ask and Yahoo
HuriSearch - searches over 5000 human rights websites
RefSeek - specifically designed to find academic and scholarly resources
Webcrawler - a metasearch enging that searches Google, Bing, Ask and Yahoo
Multimedia Sites for doing research
TED: ideas worth spreading
History by the Minute - radio and film clips about important Canadian people and events
Commoncraft - provides short, easy to understand videos explaining a variety of topics (for example: RSS in plain English, Web Searching in Plain
English, Twitter in plain English, Cloud Computing in plain English, and more)
National Film Board of Canada - an amazing site for finding documentaries and more
The Digital Librarian - audio, video, mulitmedia page
The CBC Archives - search for radio, tv and other multimedia clips
Media Smarts - Digital and Media Literacy
Excellent Canadian website with educational games, online tutorials, and tons of information for students, teachers and parents on a variety of media and digital issues from violence, gender representation and marketing in the media to cyberbullying and privacy issues online.
Portals - websites that will give you links to lots of other sites!
The Digital Public Library of America. The DPLA portal allows you to search hundreds of American library and museum collections for digital objects such as images, sound and video files, texts, etc. all from one search environment. This is a great place to start your search for primary sources about any American topic from baseball to the Civil Rights Movement
Internet Archive - a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form
IPL2 (Internet Public Library, version 2) - this site is a portal, or gateway, to a wealth of resources for both research topics and general interest topics. If you are looking for high quality internet sites, this is a great place to start
IPL2 Pathfinders - a list of some of the most common research topics with links to some of the best resources
IPL2 Frequently Asked reference Questions - Want to know what the 7 Wonders of the World are? How to get a patent for an invention? Wondering what to call a group of crows? This is the place to look for answers!
IPL2 Museum page - search for art, history, science and technology, or natural science museums around the world
Library of Congress Virtual Reference Shelf - a portal to many quality online reference resources (stats, encyclopedias, etc.) created by the United States national library
Library of Congress Digital Collection
RefSeek - a search engine specifically designed to find academic and scholarly resources
InfoMine - scholarly internet resource collections
Virtual Reference Library - from the Toronto Public Library
The Digital Librarian - one librarian's choice of the best of the web
Timelines on the Web - links to various sites that contain timelines; organized by subject (history, literature, etc.)
Searching the web and Evaluating what you find
Web searching in plain English - short video tutorial with tips for effectively searching on the web
World Wide Web in plain English - short video explaining how the web works
Protecting Reputations Online in plain English
Phishing Scams in plain English - explain what a phishing scam is and how you can avoid being a victim of one
A short video that gives you some great tips on how to easily and effectively find resources in a database.