GERMAN R5B: Epic Theater

Be Critical

Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell)

Doing good research requires different skills than searching. Searching online encourages ways of thinking that can create false expectations and poor research results. Here are a few tips:

  • Slow down.
  • Look at the advanced search page
  • Iterative searching
    • Learn from the search results
    • Too many results? Too few?
    • Look at citations from good sources
  • Try
    • Various keywords
    • Various subjects
    • Multiple databases (information silos!)

Searching for scholarly sources

  • choose the right database
  • limit results to "peer-reviewed" sources

Cite your sources

Last Update: December 05, 2012 10:15