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The Basics of Research for Writers

In this course you will learn how to move beyond Google searches and Wikipedia to find the best possible research materials to enhance your writing. 

Deep Dive

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3 weeks



What you are going to learn

A few more words about this course

This course teaches writers that there are dozens of research tools freely available to them with a library card. While academic libraries have more access limitations, writers who take this course will learn how to conduct searches in library catalogues, the differences in how information is catalogued and classified, how to maximize your search results to ensure the information retrieved is reliable, and ultimately, how to make your writing more believable. Topics covered include keyword searching, filtering, database searches, and more. 
Throughout this course you will discover:

  • How to conduct searches in library catalogues
  • How information is catalogued and classified
  • How to maximize your search results
  • How to make your writing more believable
  • How to use tools such as keyword searching, filtering, database searches, and more.

Anita Siraki

Librarian, writer
Anita Siraki is a librarian and independent scholar who graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Information in Library & Information Science. She completed a specialization in Book History and Print Culture where she examined mid-19th century American female authors focusing on Harriet Beecher Stowe and the popularity of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. As Webmaster for the Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at the EJ Pratt Library, she participated in several digitization projects. In addition, she is a reviewer for Booklist, has reviewed for Library Journal and other trade publications, and received the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship from the Horror Writers’ Association in 2017.
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