One Stop Research
Good research always starts with these three ideas:
- Know the difference between sources and locations of sources
- Here's an example: The Internet is not a source-- it's a location of a source. That source is a website.
- Build a good foundation of background knowledge BEFORE you develop a claim.
- Spend time getting to know the topic before you start asking deeper questions.
- Ask yourself WHO, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE of your topic then delve deeper into it.
- Develop a research plan and reflect on it. Click HERE for a worksheet that will help you "map out" where to go to find quality sources.
STEP 1: Click on the RESEARCH GETTING STARTED image to the right to view websites that will help you brainstorm topics and ideas, how to ask good research questions.
STEP 2: Then, watch the video below to help you get the most out of a Google Search.
Google Book Search-- This is a great place to find books on the topic you are researching. It an overlooked area for some students but it shouldn't be! Click on the video above to find out how to use this powerful research tool.
Another place to gather research information is through our online databases called EBSCO. These contain articles from magazines, newspapers, academic journals, and much more. All academic research should start here.
To use the databases at home, obtain a username and password from the library.