Student Research Guide
by Cherie Mallory
When should I utilize internet research?
• Topics that are controversial – The Internet can give you a lot of different opinions on one topic. It can help you research a topic from different perspectives.
What do I want to discover?
Write a list of questions that you would like answered to help guide your research.
5 Tips for Effective Internet Research
To reduce the number of pages returned, use unique terms that are specific to the subject you are researching.
2: Use the minus operator (-) to narrow the search
For example, when searching for the country Africa, references to the company Africa, Inc. could also be returned. Use Africa-Inc. to exclude references to the company to further refine the search.
3: Use quotation marks for exact phrases
Using quotation marks around a phrase will return only those exact words in that order. It's one of the best ways to limit the pages returned. E
4: Don't use common words and punctuation
Common terms like a and the are called stop words and are usually ignored. Punctuation is also typically ignored. But there are exceptions. Common words and punctuation marks should be used when searching for a specific phrase inside quotes.
Most search engines do not distinguish between uppercase and lowercase, even within quotation marks.
Utilize Wikipedia as the springboard for discovery. Let it help you in guiding what direction you would like your research to take. Keep in mind Wikipedia can have errors in information and should never be used as a sole source for information
Great Websites for World Geography Research
ABC-CLIO articles are updated daily and include also include a wide variety of primary documents for your research.
ABC-CLIO provides all MLA citations at the bottom of each article.
DON'T FORGET TO CITE YOUR SOURCES!
How to cite your sources:
Use the format below to add Internet resources to a bibliography:
Author. Title of Website. Web address or URL. Copyright date. Date you found the information.
Author: If there is no author listed, you would skip this part.
Title: List the exact Title of the WebsiteWeb address: the exact URL of the website.
Copyright date: (this is found by clicking on “About this Site”
Date found: you found the information