Top Search Tips

Internet Tutorials – Laura B. Cohen’s “basic guide to the Internet” – is a valuable resource for anyone who needs to find information online. Bookmarking her Best Bet Search Tips, for example, means that you’ll always have easy access to proven techniques for effective online research.

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An Essential Tool for Writers

“Use definite, specific, concrete language. Omit needless words.” says William Strunk Jr.  In his extraordinary 71-page book Elements of Style (New York: Macmillan, 1959), he follows his own advice as he steers writers around potential grammatical potholes. And Strunk’s rules – simple directives with examples to illustrate what works and why – apply to research papers, essays, short stories, novels, nonfiction works, business communications, and every other kind of writing. Read more

Prepping for Success

Smart Moves

Gearing up for a year of studying at university? These tips can steer you toward success!

Be open to new friendships.

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are at uni only to study and that clubs and societies are just a frivolous optional extra”, say Patricia McLean and Arthur Tatnall. In their book Studying Business at University: Everything You Need to Know, they explain, “Learning doesn’t happen only in lectures and (tutorials): the friends you make and the experiences of some of the non-study activities will be an important part of your professional growth.” Read more

Right on Time

Much research is geared to people and events which happened at a particular moment in time, whether five minutes or thousands of years ago. NoodleTools.com – which “provides software that teaches students and supports teachers and librarians throughout the research process”  – identifies these search tools to use when timeliness of information is important: Read more

A Different Kind of Writing Process

According to Edward P. Bailey, the writing process you learned probably looks like this:

Prewriting:

Think hard, write an outline.

Writing:

Follow your outline, write quickly without worrying about revisions.

Rewriting:

Make sure you followed your outline, fix any errors.

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Achieving Your Objectives

Become a Goal Medalist

Lots of resources are available to help you learn about goal setting. But few are as straightforward – or as applicable to every kind of real life situation – as the approach offered by MindTools.com, an extraordinary site which focuses on “Essential skills for an excellent career.”  In Personal Goal Setting, MindTools explains, “The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that would otherwise lure you from your course.” Read more