Evaluating the sources you find is a crucial step in the process of library research since not all information is created equal. Just being in print or available via the Internet doesn't guarantee that what is produced is accurate or good research.
Step 1 - Select Your Topic
Selecting a topic is possibly the most difficult part of doing research. Is it too big? Is it too narrow? Will I be able to find enough on it? Start by choosing a topic that you like or are curious about. You're going to be working on it for quite a while, so try and find one that's interesting and that you can reasonably cover in the time and space available.
Once you have your topic, write it out as a short sentence or question and look at the different components that make up your statement. Start compiling a list of the key words that you will use as you search for your topic
Step 2 - Find Background Information
Taking a few minutes to read about your topic in a specialized encyclopedia, dictionary or handbook may be one of the most effective and time saving research tips on this list.
Step 3 – Find Library Resources
- The catalog - use this to locate books and other information specific to your project.
- Libguide - use this to jumpstart your research.
- Technology -use the available resources to assist your research.
Step 4 - Find Internet Sources
Use the Web to search for additional information.
Evaluate the information you find using the links under "Evaluating Information."