Researching an essay
What is in this unit?
This unit of the Writing Turbocharger will help you use your computer to do research for an essay or assignment.
It gives step-by-step instructions on searching the University Library catalogues and storing references on your computer. It also explains how to search the web for additional sources, how to keep references to web sites and how to evaluate the quality of information on the web.
Let's begin with a couple of questions. Click on each question to read the Turbocharger's answers:
Find out how to use the HKU Library catalogue with your own computer, how to find references from a reading list and how to find and store additional references.
Before you start researching on the web, find out how to store references to the sites you find using bookmarks.
Learn how to use search engines to look for web sites on the topic of your assignment.
Find out how to decide whether web sites are reliable for academic research or not.
Before you begin your research, read these tips on organizing your notes and references on your computer. They may save you time later!
Find out if you have covered everything in this unit, before you move on. Use the hyperlinked checklist to review anything you have missed.
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