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Know Your Sources!

"Know Your Sources" by Portland Community College Library

When doing research you will come across a lot of information from different types of sources. How do you decide which source to use? From tweets to newspaper articles, this tool provides a brief description of each and breaks down 6 factors to consider when selecting a source.

 

Where Do I Start?

Develop a Search Strategy:

  • Choose a topic that really interests you.  Start with your textbook and course materials. Your professor can be a big help in pointing you in a good direction. Then browse reference sources, newspapers, or even Google for other ideas.

  • Once you have identified a topic, write it as a question.

  • Think of as many words as you can to describe your topic. Add more words, subject headings, and descriptors that you find as you search.

  • Combine the terms for your online searching using Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to get more relevant sources.

  • Think about what you already know about your topic. What more do you want to know?

  • Take time to explore what kind of information is available.  See what others have published in books or periodical articles.

  • Be open to new ideas:  Modify your topic as you discover more information.

Remember:

  • Research is a process. 

  • It takes time to search and to think about what you find and how it fits with your topic.

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