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Thesis Builder

ThesisBuilders are tools to help students:

  1. Find a topic (see example topic questions?)
  2. Create a good thesis statement (see an example?)
  3. And generate an outline (see an example?)

Cornell Style Note Taking

Detailed Example of a couple of ways that you can take notes. The Cornell method is best when the information is given in a sequential, orderly fashion and allows for more detail. The semantic web/map method works best for instructors who skip around from topic to topic, and provides a "big picture" when you're previewing materials or getting ready to study for a test.


Writing Research Papers

Step by Step Research & Writing
Step 1 - Getting Started
Step 2 - Discovering and Choosing a Topic
Step 3 - Looking for and Forming a Focus
Step 4 - Gathering Information
Step 5 - Preparing to Write
Step 6 - Writing the Paper


How to Find Quality Information

Searching for information today is both easier and harder than it was when your only choice was the library and its massive card catalog. More information is available than ever before, and you can access information from across the country or around the world. But finding what you want requires more skill on the part of the researcher.

This website covers these critical research techniques:

Learning to Research in the Library

Information Found—and Not Found—on the Web

Learning to Research on the Web

Search Strategy: Getting a Broad Overview of a Subject

Skills for Online Searching

Search Strategy: Finding Specific Information


Is this Quality Information?

A generative data-visualisation of all the scientific evidence for popular health supplements by David McCandless and Andy Perkins.

...considered large, human, randomized placebo-controlled trials in our data scrape – wherever possible. No animal trials. No cell studies. Many of the health claims made by the $23 billion supplements industry are based on non-human trials. We wanted to cut through that.

This piece was doggedly researched by myself, and researchers Pearl Doughty-White and Alexia Wdowski. We looked at the abstracts of over 1500 studies on PubMed (run by US National Library Of Medicine) and (which hosts meta-studies of scientific research). It took us several months to seek out the evidence – or lack of.

You can see our key results in this spreadsheet. (It’s the same spreadsheet that generates the interactive image).


Google Search Literacy

Also see Google's Search Literacy lesson plans at


Skills and Strategies for Web Researching

Skills and Strategies for Web Researching

A great, succinct overview of web searching for scholars by Michael Leng at Crucial Cloud Hosting in Australia.  Learn how to:

  • Use a Search Engine
  • Search with Advanced Search Commands and Strategies
  • Use Subject-Specific Catalogs and Databases
  • Search Through the Invisible Web

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About TAF at FHCRC

Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb and Lori Blake

Learn about the TAF Academy and Dr. Beverly Torok-Storb's 3-year program for high school students.

Math and Stats Resources

  • Encyclopedia of Mathematics
    The Encyclopedia of Mathematics wiki is an open access resource designed specifically for the mathematics community. With more than 8,000 entries, illuminating nearly 50,000 notions in mathematics, the Encyclopaedia of Mathematics was the most up-to-date graduate-level reference work in the field of mathematics.

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