Inquiry Process Toolbox
Step 2 Use various information resources from reputable sources to begin answering your questions to the inquiry focus.
Internet Search Skills
Research does not always start with the Google.
Other sources of information are:
- Non-fictions textbooks.
- Online Databases.
- Interviewing experts.
- Conducting an experiment.
- Field work.
Create a list of key words from your initial searches as this will help you when searching different databases.
- Underline the key words of the question(s)
- If searching the internet use:
- BOOLEAN style search
|AND||Italy AND Cooking||Results contain ALL of the search items|
|OR||Cars OR automobiles||Results contain ANY of the search items but not necessary all of the items|
|NOT||'Hot drinks' NOT coffee||Results exclude the second search item|
2. Using Truncation and wildcards
|*||librar*||Results will contain all variations of the word: library, librarian, librarianship|
|?||wom?n||Results will contain woman and women|
|#||col#r||Results will contain colour and color|
Internet Information Sources
Expertvillage. (2008). Interviewing for research projects: preparing interview questions [video file]. Retrieved June 06, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=9&v=tRT7VrbP-As
Expertvillage. (2008). Interviewing for research projects: closing the interview [video file]. Retrieved June 06, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=OOe4eN8Ipk8
Storing information so that you can find it again
- Notepad, coloured pens, highlighters and sticky notes.
- Word / excel document
- Search engine bookmarking: How to Add and Manage Bookmarks in Chrome
Curation sites enable you to organise and categories or online information: