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What is Plagiarism?


This site details clearly what plagiarism is. It also contains material on how to cite correctly as well as lists of resources to assist students in understanding and avoiding plagiarism.  


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The WWW Virtual Library

The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.



How does Google Work?

Google's search engine is a powerful tool. Without search engines like Google, it would be practically impossible to find the information you need when you browse the Web. Like all search engines, Google uses a special algorithm to generate search results. While Google shares general facts about its algorithm, the specifics are a company secret. This helps Google remain competitive with other search engines on the Web and reduces the chance of someone finding out how to abuse the system.

Google uses automated programs called spiders or crawlers, just like most search engines. Also like other search engines, Google has a large index of keywords and where those words can be found. What sets Google apart is how it ranks search results, which in turn determines the order Google displays results on its search engine results page (SERP). Google uses a trademarked algorithm called PageRank, which assigns each Web page a relevancy score.

A Web page's PageRank depends on a few factors:

  • The frequency and location of keywords within the Web page: If the keyword only appears once within the body of a page, it will receive a low score for that keyword.
  • How long the Web page has existed: People create new Web pages every day, and not all of them stick around for long. Google places more value on pages with an established history.
  • The number of other Web pages that link to the page in question: Google looks at how many Web pages link to a particular site to determine its relevance.


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Research Strategies - State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria, via their site Ergo, has material on:

Research Skills

  • Defining the Task
  • Locating Information
  • Selecting Resources
  • Organising Notes

Essay Writing Skills

  • The Essay Question
  • Planning your Essay
  • Using Quotes
  • The Writing Process

Study Skills

  • Getting Organised
  • Surviving Exams
  • Managing Stress

Click on the Ergo icon.


Search Engines

We all love Google but there are other Search Engines out there that can offer us different possibilities. Depending on what you are looking for a more specific search engine or one with particular paramaters may be suit your needs. Click on each image to access the Search Engine.

Noodle Tools - NoodleQuest

The NoodleQuest page uses a series of questions to help you refine what you are looking for, most useful for detailed or academic research, and helps you find the best search engine to suit your needs.



Sweet Search

All of the websites gathered by the search engine Sweet Search have been evaluated by experts. The site aims to assist students in finding good, quality information.


WolframAlpha is a search engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It claims to be a computational knowledge engine not a search engine.



(From their website) 'ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.'


From Gooru website: "Gooru's mission is to honor the human right to education. We are dedicated to engaging a community of teachers, developers, and supporters to unleash personalized learning with technology to educate all the students of the world."  To achieve this aim they have curated curriculum based collections of resources, quizzes and assessment tasks.

Google Scholar

Search Scholarly Papers


National Library of Australia

Power Searching - part one

Power Searching - part two

University of Wisconsin - Writing Centre

The excellent resources on this University website have been created to support the writing skills of University students. Click here 

to access the full list of clickable links or use the specific links listed below. The site includes useful information on all of the following areas:

Academic and Professional Writing

Job Materials and Application Essays

Literary Analysis Papers

Research Papers

Writing Process and Structure

Creating an Argument

Working with Sources

Drafting and Revising Your Paper

Finishing Your Paper

Improving Your Writing Style

Grammar and Punctuation



FindingDulcinea presents only credible, high-quality and trustworthy Web sites, saving time for the novice and the experienced user alike.

Each piece, whether a Web Guide, a Beyond the Headlines story or a Netcetera article, receives the same meticulous research.  Click on the image below to access the website. 

Using deep web search engines for academic research