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This is a Canadian created resourceAdvanced Library Skills for Physics Research (CC BY) by Lauren Stieglitz

Literature searching and information evaluation for upper level undergraduates and Master’s students, from the University of Alberta Library.

This is a Canadian created resourceAdvanced Research Skills: Conducting Literature and Systematic Reviews (CC BY 4.0) by Kelly Dermody, Cecile Farnum, Daniel Jakubek, Jo-Anne Petropoulos, Jane Schmidt, and Reece Steinberg (Toronto Metropolitan University)

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.

Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research, 1st Canadian Edition  by Lindsey MacCallum (Ohio State University), adapted by the University of Regina (CC BY 4.0)

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.

Critical Thinking in Academic Research (CC BY-SA) by Cindy Gruwell and Robin Ewing

This book will introduce students to the techniques and principles of critical thinking, and provides guidance on developing research questions and finding resources to answer the questions.

Data Feminism (CC BY) By Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

A new way of thinking about data science and data ethics that is informed by the ideas of intersectional feminism.

This is a British Columbia created resource.Doing Research: A Student’s Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources (CC BY) by Celia Brinkerhoff

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.

Engaging Researchers with Data Management: The Cookbook (CC BY) by Connie Clare (editor),  Maria Cruz (editor), Elli Papadopoulou (editor), James Savage (editor), Marta Teperek (editor), Yan Wang (editor)

Engaging Researchers with Data Management is an invaluable collection of 24 case studies, drawn from institutions across the globe, that demonstrate clearly and practically how to engage the research community with RDM. These case studies together illustrate the variety of innovative strategies research institutions have developed to engage with their researchers about managing research data.

Graduate Research Project Guide (CC BY-NC-SA) by Sel Young-Lee and Siyon Rhee

This book presents a step-by-step guide to help graduate students complete a Master’s thesis or graduate research project paper for those who conduct research using a secondary dataset.

Informed Arguments: A Guide to Writing and Research (CC BY-NC-SA) by Terri Pantuso, Texas A&M University, Sarah LeMire, Texas A&M University, Kathy Anders, Texas A&M University

This book is appropriate for a first-year composition course focusing on academic writing, reading, researching, and speaking. Major concepts in argument theory are covered.

Introduction to College Research (CC BY) by Walter D. Butler; Aloha Sargent; and Kelsey Smith

This book acknowledges the changing information landscape, covering key concepts in information literacy to support a research process with intention. It critically examines the everyday online environment such as algorithms, the attention economy, information disorder and cynicism, information hygiene, and fact-checking. This is followed by an exploration of information source types, meaningful research topics, keyword choices, effective search strategies, library resources, Web search considerations, the ethical use of information, and citation.

Library 160: Introduction to College-Level Research (CC BY-SA) by Iowa State University Library Instruction Services

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.

This is a Canadian created resourceNiagara College Libraries + Learning Commons Information Skills Online Handbook (CC BY) by Jackie Chambers Page and Siscoe Boschman

This handbook introduces and reinforces essential information literacy skills for students beginning their post-secondary careers.

Research Methods Handbook (CC BY) by Farrow, R., Iniesto, F., Weller, M. & Pitt., R.

In this guide we explore some of these issues with a focus on open research, drawing on insights from researchers within the Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN). Open practices in research can challenge assumptions about how to create and share new knowledge. In the handbook, we draw on insights from experienced open researchers to build understanding of research in the open. The advice given applies to all research, but is of particular relevance to those interested in open approaches.

This chapter is adapted from Research in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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