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
- Google-Tips-TricksTips on how to refine your searches in Google
- How to Search on GoogleLearn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google.
- Research TipsCurated research tips
- Google ScholarArticle search
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:
- Pearltrees - A visual and collaborative curation tool
- Pinterest - An online pin up board.
- Symbaloo - Collate all your favourite websites in one place.
- Evernote - Note taking app
- Search Terms JournalTrack where what terms you have been using to search and where you have been searching
Information Curation Sites
- PearltreesVisually appealing and collaborative curation tool.
- An online pin up board.
- EvernoteNote taking app
- SymbalooCollate all your favourite websites in one place.