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Research Ate My Brain

The Panic-Proof Guide to Surviving Homework

created by Toronto Public Library

illustrated by Martha Newbigging

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12


Remember the panic that set in when your teacher assigned a research project? While the sense of foreboding hasn’t changed, the advent of cyberspace means the access to information is greater than ever before. How do students tackle the information overload without a professional guide constantly at their side?

Written in a breezy, humorous style, this handy handbook shows students how to master the vast and complex resources that are available. Each chapter breaks the research process down into bite-sized pieces: how to access invaluable library materials (books, journals, newspapers, databases, audio and video); secrets to successful surfing online; how to identify and source reliable research sites; best bets on fact gathering; and, most importantly, evaluating and organizing all that information.

Sidebars offer insights on everything from how to chat with an electronic librarian to finding obscure centers of dependable information around the globe. A slew of timesaver tips promote efficiency and maximize results.

Martha Newbigging’s spunky cartoons underscore the you-can-do-it attitude that characterizes this indispensable guide. It belongs in every backpack, briefcase, or home study.

About the authors

The Research Virtuoso was developed by a team of experts within the Toronto Public Library team. The contributors have extensive backgrounds as educators, librarians, and authors of award-winning publications on research.

Toronto Public Library's profile page

MARTHA NEWBIGGING has illustrated for numerous magazines including TreeHouse Family, Canadian Business, Toronto Life, TV Guide, and Destinations. Her illustrations have also been featured on a line of t-shirts for the famous Canadian casual clothing retailer Marci Lipman. She lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

“Highlighted sidebars and timesaving tips promote efficiency. Comic-like illustrations keep older children reading and learning.”—Columbus Parent, 01/09/06

“The advice and tips given in the book are sound and, if followed, should lead to successful completion of above-average assignments with minimal stress. The contents are short and snappy and easy to follow. Recommended.”—CM Reviews, 01/06

“... this up-to-date book will prove to be invaluable.”—Resource Links, 12/05

“A fresh take on school assignments ... a valuable tool ...”—KLIATT, 03/06

“... will be of interest to researchers, or just information gatherers, of all ages and stages.”—The Globe and Mail

“Providing kids with manageable and efficient tools to help them master research from the library to the internet ... packed with key information, delivered in a fun and often comic manner.”—BC Parent, 10/05

“... packed with key information, delivered in a fun and often comic manner.”—BC Parent

Librarian Reviews

Research Ate My Brain: The Panic- Proof Guide to Surviving Homework

Engaging tips for teens about how to research – including how to find the Web’s hidden resources and connect with digital databases – brought to life by comic-style art.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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