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Lab Report Research: Getting Started with Research

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Website Evaluation

Being successful in the 21st century means that you critically evaluate the information you find online.  If using a library resource, like a print book or database you know that the information has been written by experts, reviewed and fact-checked by editors.  

So, if you don't use a library database consider using the Is it CRAP website evaluation model to determine it's credibility:

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • When was the website last updated?
  • Does your topic require it be more current?

    Tips - look for dates on the top and bottom of the page, if it is a newspaper article you may find the dates next to author's name. 

Reliability

  • Does it appear to be someone's opinion?
  • Does the author cite sources or provide links to references?
  • What kind of information is included on the site?

Authority

  • Who is the author? Is it a person or an organization? 
  • What are their credentials or mission if an organization?
  • Do they belong to related professional organizations?
  • Have they published books, written articles, been profiled as an expert?
  • Do they accept advertising on their website?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Fact or opinion?
  • Biased?
  • Is the author trying to sell you something?  Did the search engine direct you to that page so you would see the advertising?

 

Finding Resources

Prior to locating resources you should develop a set of keywords or short phrases you will use to search.  Not sure what that means - watch the short video below to learn more. 

 

Developing Keywords

From brainstorming or using general sources like encyclopedias, come up with keywords that you can use in library resources.  

Keywords are:

  • People
  • Places
  • Events
  • Time Periods
  • Issues
  • Related Terms
  • Synonyms 

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