ENGLISH R1B: Ideas of the University

Research process

Be Critical

The research process is part of the composition process. Don't be afraid to let your personal taste and inclinations guide the direction of your research. It's also important, however, to Critically Analyze Information Sources (Cornell). 

  • What kinds of sources do you need? If you need scholarly articles, search article databases on the library website. If you need movie times, search Google!
  • Slow down. 
    • Is there an advanced search page?
    • Can you limit to peer-reviewed articles?
    • Can you limit by the year published?
    • Can you use any subject terms to get more relevant results?
  • Iterative searching
    • Learn from the search results
    • Too many results? Too few?
    • Look at citations from good sources

Cite your sources

Last Update: May 21, 2013 16:14