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Research Basics: Home

A basic guide to library research, proper citation, avoiding plagiarism, planning your thesis.

Library Research: An Introduction 

For more detailed research assistance, book an appointment with the librarian at library@independentcolleges.ie. Please include your research topic and all research you have done so far. 

Research Strategy

1. What question do you want to answer in your research? 

2. Can you narrow your research topic by:

  • Location 
  • Demographics (group)
  • Date range (i.e. last ten years)

3. Can you identify the keywords?

Learn how to carry out the rest of the steps in the Research Cycle in this presentation (Prezi) 

Kopernio: nifty browser app that sources full-text PDFs for you

Test out the browser plugin for Chrome, Kopernio, that sources full-text PDF's for you as you search for content. It cuts out the off-campus logins and redirects, bringing you straight to the full-text content, available from your institution.

How to Determine Source Credibility

The Source Credibility Guide created by Turnitin.com 

A handy guide created by IFLA inspired by FactCheck.Org.

Tips from FactCheck.org.

How to Create a Search String

Research Cycle: Use this guide to start your research process 

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Database Guide

The College's databases are hosted on OpenAthens, our single sign-on service. 

EBSCO Business Source Premier: The industry's most widely used business research database. Features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines, as well as industry profiles. 

EBSCO eBook Business Collection: A collection of over 17,000 business eBooks.

Thomson Reuters Westlaw IE (Ireland) and UK:  Case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials. 

Sage Research Methods: A research database featuring 986 book and reference titles, 344 journal articles; 75 exclusive videos; and  Project Planner, for more information, check out Sage Research Methods LibGuide.

Databases coming in Fall 2020:  Browns Books VLE: This is replacing Dawsonera as our eBook collection database for stand-alone business, marketing, accounting, management, and dispute resolution monographs.