Online Research

Video credit: Research Tips: Finding Academic Research Online  – posted by Purdue University Global Library on YouTube



By Fitz and Pirillo

By Fitz and Pirillo

If something isn’t on the internet does it even exist? The internet has become the one stop shop for researchers of all professions and fields of study. However, it is important to remember that digital content, just like physical content, needs to be correctly cited and attributed to the appropriate author(s). UBC maintains strict policies regarding academic integrity, including the use and careful citation of content found through online sources.

There are several useful tools for helping to manage your citations, including:

For more citation tips, tricks, and tools, visit the UBC Learning Common’s “How to Cite Sources” page.


Think before you ink

Citations are an important and essential part of creating any sort of new work. Just as a responsible researcher will  properly cite his or her sources, the resources you are citing need to show their citations. Wikipedia seems to be everyone’s first stop for a quick and easy overview on a variety of topics. However, while it can be useful for background information and source links, it isn’t necessarily the best resource for university-level work.

Listed below are some important questions the University of Oregon Library suggests asking about any website that you visit:

  • Who (Authority) – Who created the webpage/site?
  • What (Objectivity) – What are the author’s credentials? Does the author credit her/his sources?
  • When (Currency) – When was the page last updated? Is the information on the page current? Are there many broken links?
  • Where (Coverage) – Where else/can the information be verified?
  • Why (Accuracy) – Why was the webpage/site created? What is the purpose of the content? Is the information biased? What is the purpose of the page, and what opinions are expressed?


The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective. Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.

  • How does the accessibility of resources impact how you perform research?
  • How does copyright influence how you use online information?


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