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Website Research: Research

Website Research

Websites can be used for references in papers just like articles, or books.  Maybe you've been given instructions to find websites that are "scholarly".  While websites aren't scholarly in the same way that books or articles are, you DO want to make sure the websites you use have information that is current, relevant, accurate, reliable, and unbiased, and put online by someone who knows what they're talking about.  Use this guide to find out how to check your websites for credibility!

K.W.L. -- Know/Wonder/Learn

Know:  What do I already know about this topic?

Wonder:  What do I wonder about this topic?

               What do I want to know?

Learn: What did I learn?

            Do I need to ask more questions?

Keyword Tips

Tips to help develop keywords.

  • Identify 2-4 most important words from your research question.
  • Try using synonyms (same meaning) and antonyms (opposite meaning).
  • Don't type whole questions or statements.
  • Databases search for exact words.
  • Spell out abbreviations - especially when using databases. ex. PTSD - post-tramatic stress disorder

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How Google Search Works

Search Stategies

Struggling to find information you need on the web?  Click on the links below to learn some tips about online searching.

Search Strategies in Plain English -

Be a Google Pro -

Note Taking

Special Thanks

Thanks to the original creator of this libguide  - 

Rebecca Renirie, MLIS
Medical Librarian | Research and Instruction Librarian
Central Michigan University Libraries
Park 218 | 989.774.6080