Canadian Independent College is building a virtual library.  All CIC students are able to get a Waterloo Public Library card and may sign books out as well as utilize WPL's online exceptional database.  Students participate in the workshops offered at the WPL on how to research. Our students also tend to use Wilfred Laurier and the University of Waterloo's libraries to study.


We would like to direct your curiosity to learning how to research. 

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Not sure where to start? Baffled by what to do? Don’t worry! We can help you succeed with your research project.

In this section you will find information, video tutorials, and all sorts of organizers and information sheets for you to download and use, to help you with the research process.

We can help you plan your research, develop research questions,  find resources, sort through ideas, take quality notes, cite sources correctly, and share your findings effectively.

There are many tools to help you through the research process on this website, and at your school library. Have a look!


Research is a dynamic process that can be organized into four stages: Exploring, Investigating, Processing, and Creating.


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Topics & Sub-Topics

Selecting the right topic and deciding on the focus of your research is key. Have a look at ways to explore topics and sub-topics.


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Find the
Right Source

Starting with the right source for your information need will prevent frustration, and get you to what you need faster.


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Research Questions

Asking good critical thinking questions will enrich your research and help you to understand your topic more deeply.

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Evaluating Sources

Your information is only as good as the quality and relevance of your sources. Learn more about how to evaluate sources, be they print, online, or multimedia.


Learn more about Evaluating Sources

Reading for

You may have found a great source, but are having trouble wading through the complex writing. Learn some strategies for reading for information..


Learn more about Reading for Information


It’s easy to get off-track when taking research notes.  There are many strategies for recording information. Selecting the right strategy can make all of the difference.


Learn more about Note-Taking

Organizing Ideas

Once you’ve gathered information, you need to try to put it all together and make sense of it, to help you form your own conclusions.


Learn more about Organizing Ideas


Learn how to convey your information most powerfully, by matching your purpose and audience with the most powerful text form and medium.


Learn more about Writing Non-Fiction

Digital Citizenship Learn about the ethical use of online media. Includes the WRDSB Code of Digital Conduct, resources on copyright and links to copyright-friendly sources.


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Academic Honesty /

Being an ethical researcher means that you acknowledge your sources and give credit where credit is due.


Learn more about Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Style Guides

Learn how to format citations and references.


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Tech Tools
for Learning
Links to all sorts of online tech tools useful for collaboration and communication, presentation and sharing, audio visual, organization and productivity and more.


Learn more about Tech Tools for Learning