The Research Process
Teaching the Ten Steps to a Better Web Research
Where to research?
List 10 sources
Use more than only online materials
Dig deep for the information
Read deeper than the first page
Don't let the search engine do the research for you
Make search engines work for you
Know when to use question marks
Use AND and OR in your search
Use advanced searches when possible
Tip: When searching John Adams and the Constitution
Search in the format of "John Adams" AROUND (10) "Constitution"
By putting your key words in quotations marks, capitalizing the word "around" and putting a number (10) in parenthesis, this allows you to search the top resources that has a maximum of 10 words using the key words in quotations marks first.
If you can't find the correct information, add more detailed/broad keywords
Find primary sources
Photos, diaries, newspapers, actual documents
Look at the original sources
Why was the article written?
Are they trying to sell you something?
Are there any biases?