You should select relevant and reliable information from a variety of sources to develop your personal project. The number and type of resources will vary depending upon the nature of the project; however, in order to reach the highest levels of achievement, you must select a range of sources and a variety of types. Evaluating the reliability of sources will be developed through ATL skills, particularly information literacy skills. You should consider factors such as credibility of the author, currency, accuracy, relevance, intended audience and objectivity of the source.

Available sources may include your prior knowledge, and primary and secondary sources such as:

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Further reading about Primary Research

Although you may include your prior knowledge as a source, prior knowledge alone does not provide sufficient depth or breadth of inquiry for the personal project.

What does it mean to have a variety of sources?

Students can include multiple sources from the internet, which should include a variety of formats and materials (for example: books, reports, archives, interviews, films, data sets, journals, infographics, articles and presentations). A range of sources can also encompass variety in origin, purpose, value and limitations (bias). Click on the image below to learn more about how to locate sources.

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You will selected sources during the initial stage of the project, but research should still continue during the process of completing the project. You must record the information collected from these sources in your process journal using the collection of research worksheet below. You will need a minimum of one Primary source and 5 secondary sources, one being a print source.
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Journal Activity #14: Collection of Research

Additional resources:

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The Digital Library offers a list of databases you could use for free
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Google Scholar is an online search engine that lets you look for physical and digital copies of articles. It searches scholarly articles, including academic publishers, universities, and peer-reviewed articles.
Easybib is a free bibliography generator. A Google doc add on is available
Son of Citation Machine lets you create and format citations
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Diigo lets you save and tag online resources. You can also add an extension to your browser which lets you add highlights, notes and annotations to your reading.
Pocket lets you save web pages in one place and access them on many devices
edX is a MOOC (Massive open online course) provider that offers high quality courses from the world's best universities.
Endnote lets you find, store, create and share research
Zotero is an extension for Firefox that lets you collect all your research in one place. It can extract bibliographic information from any website
Mendeley is a free reference manager and pdf organizer.
Evernote is a productivity tool that lets you add and share notes for your research across many devices