Advanced Research Skills

For students in advanced courses (e.g. AP Capstone), research projects may require other, more detailed bibliographic information for sources and/or require a wider variety of sources for research.  The sites below will help you to find the information you need to correctly cite your work.

  • Advanced Google Search Skills
  • https://calculator.lib.sfu.ca/
    • Assignment Calculator.  No matter how well you do your research, if you don’t plan your time well for large (research) projects, you will struggle at the end to finish well on time.  The calculator can help you to ‘chunk’ out your time so that you don’t forget to consider important steps when you are planning your entire project timeline.
  • https://www.crossref.org/guestquery
    • This site will help you to locate the DOI for journals.
  • http://journalseek.net/ 
    • This site will help you to find the names and contact information for journals that may have changed names or moved URL since the edition you are referencing was published.  This can be especially helpful if you are working on an APA reference list and are unable to locate the DOI or homepage through other means.
  • http://unpaywall.org 
    • Some journal databases only let you read the abstract of an article for free but require a paid login to access the full-text (this is a paywall).  This organisation seeks out open source, legal copies of journal articles so you can read the full text.  Their main page lists the open source journals they link to, but they also have a browser extension available for Chrome that will tell you if an unpaywalled version available of the article you’re looking at in the browser.
  • UBC Library Research Help Page
    • Includes links to tools like assignment calculators, citation management software comparisons and help guides, research paper prep sheets, search tips, etc.
  • https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/Best_practices_for_attribution
    • How to attribute Create Commons pieces
  • https://www.zotero.org/
    • Zotero is a form of software that helps you to organise your citations.  It is more powerful than tools like mybib.com because it also helps you to integrate your citations into your writing and keep track of the references you actually use as opposed to the ones you have just read and kept in your source list.