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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Research paper resources

October 12, 2021

Research papers can be a daunting task. I’ve been there before! But I’ve found that they’ve gotten easier over the years thanks to a few amazing websites. 

Google Scholar 

The first place I tend to look for journal articles is on Google Scholar! It’s super easy to access and always provides me with helpful resources. The features I use most are the custom ranges and citation listings. The custom range is helpful if a professor requires me to use current sources, for example, no older than 2018. I put 2018 in the lower entry to 2021 in the upper entry and hit search, and now I have results directed within the dates that I need them. As well, I didn’t learn this until way later on, but under each article description on Google Scholar there is a quotation icon that generates citations! This is such a lifesaver! Although it is helpful, I always suggest double-checking the citation before using it. For example, with the new release of APA 7th edition, the Google Scholar citation might be slightly different. 


Purdue Online Writing Lab 

A professor actually introduced me to this resource and I always have it open every time I’m writing a paper. I really like this resource because it’s a comprehensive guide for paper formatting and citations. Some of the tabs that I use most and find extremely helpful are: 


Sci-Hub 

I only learned about Sci-Hub this year! Countless times I’ve used Google Scholar and come across a great article, only to find out that it cannot be accessed. Sci-Hub eliminates this problem! If you paste the URL in the search engine, it will unlock the article for you. It also provides a citation. Very rarely have I not been able to access an article through Sci-Hub, it is amazing! 


Omni Search

The Ontario Tech library’s search engine is great! I had a project I had to work on and I couldn’t find any good sources on my topic from Google Scholar and the Omni Search came in handy. It provided me with lots of awesome articles that I could use. I also really appreciate that ability to refine the searches by date, peer-reviewed, etc. 


If you need any extra writing help, Student Life also offers a variety of resources to aid in academic writing including StrideWriting Room, and Power Academic Writing. Check out the Student Life Portal for writing workshop times and offerings.