Research Toolkit: Back with Benefits!

Research Toolkit Workshops provide students with the skills they need to perform quality academic research. Using local and national studies, our Reference and Instruction staff identified and are addressing the major obstacles students face when performing research at the college level. Research Toolkit Workshops are free and offered throughout the year to all Wright State students.

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ResearchTK2015buttonScholarlyReading3 Simple Steps to Reading Scholarly Articles
Are you dreading reading through those 8-20 page articles you found for your paper? Do they seem like they are written in a different language? Never fear! In this workshop, you will learn strategies for making sense of those long, and let’s face it, sometimes boring, articles.

ResearchTK2015buttonEvaluatingDetecting CRAAP: Evaluating Information Sources
How do you know if the article you found is good enough to use for your assignment? Learn strategies for evaluating sources whether you find them on the Internet, in the library, or in the library’s databases. Students practice applying the CRAAP Test criteria to information sources.

ResearchTK2015buttonSelectingFinding the “Perfect Source”
Does this scenario sound familiar? You’ve searched through many of the libraries’ databases using words that describe your subject, but nothing in your results list stands out to you as right on-topic. Luckily, you are not alone! We can help you locate sources that will be useful, and we’ll reveal that special perfect source that ties it all together.


Google Like a Pro
Do you love Google, but hate filtering through millions of results to find the type of information you need? Learn some of the tips and tricks of the information pros for how to make your use of Google more efficient for your information needs.



How Do I Find This Reference?
Do you feel a little confused when you are handed a reference or citation and expected to find the information source? Gain the skills that allow you to decipher a reference and then find the source. Feel like a detective who understands the code!


ResearchTK2015buttonIntegratingIntegrating Your Sources
You’ve searched for articles and books and you have a list of sources that are on your topic. Now how are you supposed to use them in your paper? In this workshop, staff from the Writing Center and a librarian will take you through the process of integrating those sources in your paper. Learn how to quote and paraphrase while avoiding plagiarism and keeping your voice the focus of your paper.

ResearchTK2015buttonServicesMore Than Books: What the Library Can Do for You
Helpful, friendly people. Convenient online articles and books. A multimedia lab. Places to study for groups and for individuals. Coffee. Games. Current print books. Where can you find all of this great stuff? In the Dunbar Library! If you still think all libraries have to offer are dusty old books then come discover all the cool things the library offers you for work and for fun!

ResearchTK2015buttonFindingStop Searching and Start Finding
Sorting through different information sources can be stressful. You’ve heard that using the library databases give you better results, but how do you find them? With the help of Jimmy Fallon and Jonah Hill, we’ll explore how to search the databases to find better results faster and easier. Also available as an online workshop at

MultiToolGraphicSansSpotlightNew Research Toolkit Incentive Program
New this year, workshop attendees will receive a pin representing the major skill covered by each workshop. Students who have collected 5 or more pins will receive a free multi-tool, a combination flashlight, screwdriver and level.

For more information please call the Information Desk at 937-775-2925 or email