Top Ten Internet Research Tips
1. Know exactly what you are looking for and think of a term (keyword) that will be specific to the information you want.
2. Decide what kind of resource will help you find the information.
- Online Encyclopedia
- Google Search
- Database from library website (Example: Ebsco Explora)
3. Try different keywords or phrases. Some words have several meanings and you may get information that you don’t need.
4. Spelling is IMPORTANT! Make sure your words are all spelled correctly.
5. When searching for a person or proper noun, be sure to use capital letters.
6. If there are two words in your search, use quotation marks. (Example: “atomic energy”)
7. Learn to use Boolean searching (and, not, or) (Example: jaguar not cars)
8. Use the "find" button on the menu to search through the text for your keyword.
9. Even if you get many, many hits, the first ten or so are usually the ones that are best.
10. EVALUATE the source! Ask some questions.
- Is it an ad trying to sell you something?
- Is it a biased website that only tells one side of a story?
- Is it current information? Always check the date! Articles stay on the internet for a long, long time, sometimes forever.
- Who is the author? Is the author an authority? Do you trust this source?