What do you already know about the topic? What information do you need?
What questions do you have? What are your search terms or phrases?
Where do you look for information? How do you access the library databases?
Is the information reliable? Did you apply the C.R.A.P test?
Did you take notes? Have you included in-text citations and a work cited page?
- Think about your topic and generate keywords and phrases to use in a search
- Change or add to your search terms as your research progresses
- Include CITATION information as you TAKE NOTES
- An In-text citation is needed for quotes, paraphrasing, and summarizing
- Use keyword search terms
- Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. For example, "Bride Kidnapping"
- Use the word AND to include all of your search terms. For example, "Palm oil" AND deforestation
- Download articles straight to Google Drive
- Create highlights and notes within articles
- Remember CITATIONS are provided for every article
Library Search (all databases)
Is your source credible?
Apply the C.R.A.P. test!
Currency: When was the information published? Is it recent enough for your research topic?
Relevancy and Reliability: Is the information biased? Is the information from a primary or secondary source? Are there links to original sources? Does the information provide enough detail or is it too general.
Authority: Who is the author? Are they an expert on your research topic? Is it an corporation or organization? What is the domain name: .gov, .edu. .org?
Purpose: Is the source trying to explain something to persuade you? Who is the target audience? Is the information objective and fair? Is the author or organization affiliated with a political or social group?