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Library Research Tutorial - The Basics

This tutorial will guide you through the basics of research using the library and beyond



Learn to describe the difference between the Search and Research. 

The Difference Between Searching and Researching

At Humber, we want you to become experts in your field. One of the ways you become an expert is to understand the spectrum (or range) of histories, voices, controversies and narratives in your field of study. Research is really a long, connected conversation. 

For example, to understand the learning process of a child with autism, an expert researcher will look at a number of studies on the subject. They may choose to investigate information from the fields of education as well as medicine; they might modify or change their research question as their knowledge of the topic develops.  In-depth knowledge and consideration of a given research topic is impossible to achieve with a few quick Google Searches! 

Research is not an easy 1-2-3. Real research takes time, effort and skill. Some people dedicate their entire lives to researching one single subject or question in an entire field of study. Just ask your professors about their own research process and interest! 


Knowing your topic well always requires good, critical, time-consuming (and dare we say exciting?) research. The video in this section, from McMaster Libraries, focuses on the difference between Searching and Researching. Do you know the difference between the two? Pay attention to this video to learn about the characteristics of the research process.