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Research Guide

Research Tips and Tricks

How to Do Research

A study guide to answer all your questions regarding how to write a research paper: how to get started, how to find information, how to narrow your topic, etc.

Accessing Kenison Databases

A video lesson on how to access the Kenison Library databases. 

Boolean Operators

A helpful tutorial from McMasters Libraries on how to search online resources more effectively by organizing your search terms using "Boolean operators". 

Citing Sources

How, and why, to cite your sources, whether they are online or in print. 

Ask the Librarian

Need more help? Ask the Librarian to point you in the right direction.

Research Resources

Database List

All of the Kenison Library's databases, sortable by subject, with descriptions. 

Internet Resources 

Links to websites that provide quality information for your research. 


Webpages containing links to library resources organized by subject. 


Look up books and other materials in the Kenison Library.

US Government

Information resources from the United States Government. 

Fake News

What is "fake news" and how can you determine what's real and what's not. 

Copyright Law

Copyright is confusing. Use this quick primer to better understand what it does and doesn't cover. 


Boolean Operators - Typically the words "and", "or", "not" placed between your terms to make your search more accurate.

Catalog - a list of the contents of a library or a group of libraries, arranged according to any of various systems.

Citation - A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again

Copyright Law - gives creators of original material the exclusive right to further use and duplicate that material for a given amount of time, at which point the copyrighted item becomes public domain.

Database - also called electronic database, any collection of data, or information, that is specially organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer.

Fake News - false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke. 

Research - is the process of solving problems and finding facts in an organized way.